Jake Odorizzi

Jake Odorizzi is ready to rejoin the Rays’ rotation

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Jake Odorizzi is expected to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Rays’ rotation this weekend after missing the past month with a strained oblique muscle.

Odorizzi threw 5.2 shutout innings on 73 pitches in a minor-league rehab start Monday at high Single-A, striking out six and walking one while allowing two hits.

Before the injury Odorizzi looked to be having a breakout season at age 25, starting 12 games with a 2.47 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio in 77 innings. He was acquired from the Royals as a prospect in December of 2012 as part of the big James Shields trade and has top-of-the-rotation potential.