According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann “did well” during their bullpen sessions Monday.
Davis and Niemann were placed on the disabled list early last week due to shoulder strains. Barring any setbacks, Hickey said they should be on track to be activated next week against the Angels. Davis is projected to pitch next Tuesday, while Niemann will start next Wednesday.
Andy Sonnanstine and rookie left-hander Jeremy Hellickson have filled in during their respective absences, however they are expected to be moved to the bullpen next week.
It’s not like Hellickson deserves it. The 23-year-old right-hander is the first pitcher in the modern era to pitch at least six innings while allowing three hits or fewer in each of his first three major league appearances. He tossed six innings of one-run ball in a win over the Orioles on Sunday. It’s actually a pretty nice problem to have.