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.
UPDATE: It’s official. Odorizzi is on the DL.
Tampa Bay hasn’t officially placed Jake Odorizzi on the disabled list yet, but pitching coach Jim Hickey said today on MLB Network Radio that the right-hander is “probably a few weeks” from pitching again.
Odorizzi left Friday’s start with a strained oblique muscle, which almost always requires a disabled list stint and typically lasts longer than the minimum 15-day stay.
It’s another tough break for a Rays rotation that has been wrecked by injuries, although at least there’s nothing wrong with Odorizzi’s arm. He was off to a great start with a 2.47 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio in 77 innings at age 25.
Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi was forced to make an early departure from his start Friday night against the Mariners with pain in his right side, and manager Kevin Cash acknowledged Saturday that it likely had something to do with his oblique muscle.
Cash told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that Odorizzi is scheduled to see a doctor as soon as the Rays return from their current 10-game road trip on Monday and called it a “fair” assumption that the hard-throwing 25-year-old is looking at an extended absence. Grade 1 oblique strains typically take two to three weeks to heal. Grade 2 strains can sideline players for more than a month.
Odorizzi is sporting a fantastic 2.47 ERA and 1.017 WHIP in 12 starts this season.
He also has an impressive 63/15 K/BB ratio through 76 2/3 innings.