The Rays lost starters Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann on the same day in early August and in the middle of their ongoing hunt for the American League East crown. Today the East is all tied up, with the Yanks and Rays sharing a .616 winning percentage, and both Davis and Niemann are projected to return right on time.
Davis threw a simulated game this weekend, according to MLB.com’s Bill Chastain, and has been cleared to start Tuesday night’s game against the Angels.
Niemann also threw a simulated game over the weekend and is expected to return from the disabled list for Wednesday’s series finale.
Davis, 24, has turned in an impressive 2010 season despite constant pressure from ready-to-soar prospect Jeremy Hellickson and a rough June that saw him go 0-5 with a 6.00 ERA. The right-handed Davis has not registered a loss since June 27 and carved up some pretty tough lineups in the month of July. He should finish August strong and help carry the Rays through September.