The Tampa Bay Rays should get some help for their starting rotation, as Jake Odorizzi is slated to return on Wednesday.
When the Tampa Bay Rays placed Jake Odorizzi on the disabled list on July 26, the expectation was that he would not be out of action for long. He had been dealing with a strained lower back, and was expected to miss the minimum ten days for the injury.
That expectation was slightly off, as it turns out that Odorizzi will miss 14 days. The Rays right hander has proclaimed himself pain free and ready for action after his rehab start on Friday, and will be activated in time to take on the Red Sox on Wednesday.
As it turns out, Odorizzi will have needed just that one outing. On Friday, he allowed two runs on three hits over three innings for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, but also struck out six batter without issuing a walk. Although the results are usually not that important in a rehab outing, Odorizzi’s strikeout marks are certainly impressive.
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It has been a rough 2017 for the Rays starter. Between stints on the disabled list, he has produced a 6-4 record with a solid 4.47 ERA and a 1.268 WHiP, with 82 strikeouts and 35 walks in his 94.2 innings of work. However, those marks may be the result of good fortune, as Odorizzi has a 5.74 FIP.
Odorizzi also noted that his back feels better than it has in quite some time. Given his struggles at times this season, it may be that his back was causing more problems that he let on. If that is the case, then the Rays could find themselves with another solid upgrade without needing to make a move. Of course, that depends on Odorizzi being able to take his success from that rehab outing and bringing it back to the majors.
Jake Odorizzi is on the way back for the Tampa Bay Rays. If he is finally healthy, his return could be the missing piece.