Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:14:36 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard and Cesar Ramos all pitched Monday, March 10, as they fight for the fifth spot in the rotation. In his first start of the spring, Odorizzi lasted 2 1/3 innings; he allowed two hits and one walk, also hitting a batter and striking out one. He's still working on the splitter-changeup he has dubbed "The Thing." Bedard, cultivating a changeup of his own, yielded three runs on five hits in three frames. Ramos gave up five hits and two runs in 4 1/3 frames. Manager Joe Maddon said spring training results will not dictate his selection for the fifth starter.
Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi stands as the favorite and is most worth a deep-mixed speculation, but this could be a mix-and-match situation until Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) returns, and even afterward.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:55:33 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi is working on a new split-fingered pitch that acts like a changeup with late downward movement. He struggled to control the pitch during his outing Monday, March 10. Odorizzi limited damage, though, as he remains firmly in competition with SPs Cesar Ramos, Erik Bedard and Nathan Karns for the final rotation spot. Manager Joe Maddon said the decision won't come down to spring statistics.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:44:39 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SPs Jake Odorizzi and Erik Bedard are both working on implementing new pitches this spring. Odorizzi is experimenting with a splitter/changeup, and Bedard is working on a changeup.
Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:03:31 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi is experimenting with a new changeup this spring as he competes for the fifth starting rotation spot. Odorizzi is using the same split-finger grip as SP Alex Cobb, and he's hoping to have similar success with the new pitch. SPs Erik Bedard and Alex Colome are also competing with Odorizzi for the No. 5 spot.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:21:58 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi will primarily compete for the No. 5 starting rotation spot with SP Alex Colome this spring. Odorizzi went 0-1 with a 3.94 ERA in seven major league games last year after going 9-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 22 starts for Triple-A Durham.
Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:53:19 -0800
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last week and is expected to be out until mid to late May. The surgery was done to remove loose bodies from his arm in what was a minor surgery, but he's expected to miss the first six to eight weeks of the season. He went 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA in 2013. SP Jake Odorizzi will likely be counted on to fill Hellickson's rotation spot. SPs Alex Colome and Enny Romero are other options.
Fantasy Tip: Odorizzi can be a late-round flier to fill out your rotation in deeper leagues. He leans more on control, like Hellickson, so his upside is limited, at least this early in his major league career.
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:17:19 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays will add SP Jake Odorizzi to their active roster. Manager Joe Maddon said Odorizzi will initially be used out of the bullpen but did not rule out Odorizzi starting a game.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:44:43 -0700
Tampa Bay Rays SP Jake Odorizzi is expected to come up from Triple-A Durham Friday, Sept. 20. He pitched in the Triple-A national championship game Tuesday, Sept. 17, against Omaha, allowing one earned run, five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in four innings.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:08:09 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays have not yet announced who will pitch Wednesday, Sept. 4. SPs Jeremy Hellickson, Roberto Hernandez and Jake Odorizzi are all in the running to get the starting nod.
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 12:24:55 -0700
The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled RP Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham. In a corresponding move, SP Jake Odorizzi was optioned to Durham.