Things might be looking up for Jeff Niemann.
According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the right-hander received “good news” about his ailing throwing shoulder on Wednesday after paying a visit to joint specialist Dr. James Andrews. He should be allowed to resume throwing in a couple of weeks and could return before the end of the regular season.
Niemann has made only eight starts this summer for the Rays because of leg, hand and now shoulder issues.
The 29-year-old owns a 4.08 career ERA and a 1.29 career WHIP in over 544 major league innings.
The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.
The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.
Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.