Tampa Bay Rays
Rays' Niemann likely lost for season
ARLINGTON, Texas -
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann has opted for surgery on his right shoulder, a move that will likely end his season.
Niemann was examined before Monday's game by the Texas Rangers' team physician and soon made his decision.
"He feels he can't compete at this level without it," Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield said. "He feels like right now it's bothering him too much that he just doesn't have his confidence that he can do what he needs to do."
Niemann, who declined to speak to reporters after the Rays' 5-4 loss to the Rangers, will have an MRI Tuesday. The surgery could be performed as early as Wednesday.
Porterfield the surgery will "more than likely" cost Niemann this season.
Niemann was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with what the team called right shoulder soreness. He said the soreness developed while he was trying to stay loose for his role as a reliever during the first three games of the season.
This marks the fourth time in as many big-league seasons that Niemann has gone on the disabled list. In 2010 it was for a right shoulder strain. In 2011 it was for a lower back strain, and in 2012 it was a fractured right fibula.
Niemann returned from that injury on Sept. 1 but missed the remainder of the season because of a sore right arm.