Jake Odorizzi expected to miss time with oblique injury

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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.