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Friday, August 31, 2012
Rays to activate Jeff Niemann

Associated Press

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TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Rays plan to activate right-hander Jeff Niemann off the 60-day disabled list to start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

Niemann hasn't pitched since May 14 when he left a start at Toronto with a fractured right leg after being struck by Adam Lind's line drive. Niemann was 2-3 with a 3.88 ERA in seven starts before the injury.

The Rays will call up four players from Triple-A Durham when rosters expand Saturday. Joining the team will be infielder Reid Brignac, catcher Chris Gimenez, left-hander Cesar Ramos and outfielder Rich Thompson.

The Rays also recalled infielder Sean Rodriguez and placed him on the 15-day DL. Rodriguez broke his right hand while punching a locker at Triple-A Durham.