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Major League Baseball

Career W-L
40-26
 
Career ERA
4.08
Name  Jeff Niemann
Born  2/28/1983
Height  6-9
Weight  260
Number  34
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
4/10/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann had shoulder surgery on Wednesday. SOURCE: Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay Times
Insight: The Rays haven't given a timetable for when Niemann could return but it's very possible that he won't throw again this season. Niemann was just an insurance policy for the back of the rotation anyway so this shouldn't impact many fantasy rosters.
 
4/9/2013 8:11:00 PM
Description: According to Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times, Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann will undergo surgery on his right shoulder.
Insight: Niemann will probably need the rest of the season to recover. That leaves promising youngster Chris Archer as the first starter up if Roberto Hernandez falters.
 
4/8/2013 8:56:00 PM
Description: According to Marc Topkin from the Tampa Bay Times, Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann is likely headed for right shoulder surgery.
Insight: If that's the case, Niemann would probably need the rest of the season to recover. He wasn't much of a fantasy option anyway and this should be good for the development of Alex Cobb and Chris Archer (currently in Triple-A) at the back end of the Rays' starting rotation.
 
4/5/2013 8:56:00 PM
Description: Rays righthander Jeff Niemann has been moved to the disabled list.
Insight: The injury is being described as "right shoulder soreness." Roberto Hernandez and Alex Cobb have both climbed ahead of Niemann on the pitching depth chart, rendering him useless in fantasy leagues even when healthy.
 
2/24/2013 4:51:00 PM
Description: The Rockies are interested in making a trade for Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Insight: Niemann (2-3, 3.08 ERA in eight starts last season) could become expendable if newcomer Roberto Hernandez continues to impress. From a fantasy perspective, Tampa Bay is obviously a much more desirable setting than Colorado where balls tend to fly out of the park because of the thin mountain air.
 
9/1/2012 8:55:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann left Saturday's game with right arm tightness, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Niemann was making his first start since fracturing his fibula in May. The Rays refused to say what part of Niemann's arm was at issue.
 
9/1/2012 12:45:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (fibula) has been activated from the DL to start Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Niemann has been on the disabled list since mid-May after getting drilled in the leg by a line drive. He left his last rehab start after taking another line drive off his pitching hand, but he appears to be alright. The right-hander is a solid option Saturday against what has become a weak-hitting Toronto ballclub.
 
8/28/2012 6:09:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (fibula) will return from the DL to start Saturday against the Blue Jays, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: Niemann has been on the disabled list since mid-May after getting drilled in the leg by a line drive. He left his last rehab start after taking another line drive off his pitching hand, but he appears to be alright. The right-hander is a solid option Saturday against what has become a weak-hitting Toronto ballclub.
 
8/9/2012 11:32:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (fibula) said that his leg "held up well" and that he was able to mix in all of his pitches during his minor league rehab start at High-A Port Charlotte Wednesday, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Niemann should be able to return to the Rays rotation by late August. He's worth a stash in deeper leagues.
 
8/5/2012 12:01:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (fibula) could begin a rehab assignment this week, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The right-hander hasn't pitched since mid-May after he broke his fibula on a line drive back to the mound.
Insight: Niemann will throw a bullpen session Sunday. If all goes well he'll start his rehab assignment with Class-A Charlotte in the middle of this week. He's worth a stash in deeper leagues.
 
7/24/2012 5:05:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann (fibula) threw 35 pitches in his second bullpen session Tuesday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Niemann (2-3, 3.37 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) is ramping up his rehab activities in an attempt to rejoin the Rays by mid-August. He'll throw a third bullpen in a few days. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since mid-May due to a fractured fibula.
 
7/21/2012 9:13:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann threw a bullpen Saturday for the first time since he went on the disabled list with a broken right fibula in mid-May, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Niemann (2-3, 3.37 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) is someone to stash while he rehabs from the leg break. He reported no issues after Saturday's session and will continue his activities before likely returning in August.
 
5/15/2012 11:32:00 AM
Description: Tampa Bay starter Jeff Niemann will miss at least 4-6 weeks with a small fracture in his right fibula.
Insight: Niemann suffered the injury when he was hit in the lower right leg off a comebacker by Adam Lind during Monday's game. he is 2-3 with a 3.37 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
 
5/14/2012 10:32:00 PM
Description: Jeff Niemann took a line drive to the ankle in his start Monday night against the Rays. Neimann will have an X-ray on the injured right ankle, but the team seems confident that it's just a bruise.
Insight: Niemann (2-3, 3.38 ERA) had to leave the game after just one inning of work. We'll see what Niemann's status is for his next start Saturday against Atlanta.
 
4/22/2012 5:24:00 PM
Description: Jeff Niemann notched his first win of the season on Sunday, going 5 1/3 innings against the Twins.
Insight: Niemann gave up two runs on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He hasn't made it out of the sixth inning in any of his three starts so far, but he still remains a solid option depending on the matchup. Niemann will face the slugging Rangers in Texas next, a start you'll likely want to avoid.
 
3/31/2012 8:44:00 PM
Description: Jeff Niemann did not make his scheduled start on Saturday due to a blister on the middle finger of his right hand, MLB.com reports. Niemann was named the Rays' No. 5 starter on Tuesday.
Insight: Niemann is scheduled to pitch on April 11 against the Tigers. Rays manager Joe Maddon doesn't sound concerned that the blister will become a problem, so neither should you if you own Niemann.
 
3/27/2012 1:15:00 PM
Description: Jeff Niemann will be the Rays fifth starter, the team announced on Tuesday.
Insight: Niemann beat out Wade Davis for the final spot in Tampa Bay's rotation. Keep an eye on Niemann, as he has had his moments over the last two years. In 2010, he was 10-3 with a 3.12 ERA on August 3 before getting injured and going 1-5 with a 10 ERA in his final seven starts. Last season he started out 1-4 with a 5.74 ERA before going 10-3 with a 3.55 ERA, so he has shown the ability to excel over long stretches.
 
2/21/2012 11:05:00 AM
Description: Jeff Niemann is battling with Wade Davis for the fifth and final starting spot in the Rays' rotation.
Insight: Niemann had a slightly better 2011, going 11-7 with an ERA of 4.06 and a WHIP of 1.24, but nothing is assured at this point and neither pitchers has great fantasy value.
 
6/21/2011 10:25:00 AM
Description: Rays SP Jeff Niemann came off the DL to start against the Brewers in Milwaukee Monday night and tossed six innings of shutout ball.
Insight: Niemann allowed four hits and three walks, striking out five in the win. Niemann will get his next start Sunday against the Astros, which seems to be an even more favorable matchup than against the Brewers.
 
6/9/2011 10:49:00 AM
Description: Jeff Niemann gave up four runs and seven hits in four innings in his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: Niemann has been out of action since May 4 and is 1-4 this season with a 5.74 ERA. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end option at best.
 

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