And the hits just keep on coming…Mark Hendrickson is headed to the DL with a stiff shoulder, and D-Rays fans everywhere head to the DL with a stiff drink and an eerily familiar sickness to the stomach. The Rays called up Jason Hammel, a 6’6″ righty, from Durham, who will make his major league debut tonight against Baltimore. This may come as a surprise to many as Edwin Jackson, who almost made the rotation out of spring training, was considered the top pitcher in AAA. However, these decisions are often made based on whose turn in the rotation is due on the AAA team. Hammel will be on four days rest when he takes the mound tonight. In addition, Hammel, one of the top pitching prospects for the Rays, was stellar in his first outing for the Bulls. He went 5 innings, giving up only 3 hits, no walks and no runs earning the victory against the Norfolk Tides. A quick scouting report from one of our readers (Tyler), “He’s got a good fastball that sits at 92-93 and touches 96. He also throws a hard sharp breaking curve, similar to Zito (not on the same level obviously) but still a real good pitch.”

Hendrickson headed to the DL
[Tampa Tribune]

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