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Tampa Bay Rays place Jake Odorizzi on the disabled list

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Odorizzi to the disabled list, Kittredge recalled, and a starter hasn’t been announced for Friday

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Prior to this afternoon’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that they have placed Jake Odorizzi on the 10-day disabled list due to a lower back strain. In his place, the Rays have recalled reliever Andrew Kittredge. The starting pitcher for Odorizzi’s next scheduled outing has not yet been announced.

Jake Odorizzi has struggled in 2017 under the surge in home runs across the league in 2017. Odorizzi is an above average flyball pitcher, but has surrendered home runs on 18.3% of the balls hit in the air against him, as compared to the 11.1% rate over his career. Other than the inflated home run rate, Odorizzi has been his usual self on the mound, as most his numbers fall around his career norms.

Andrew Kittredge will rejoin the Rays bullpen following his demotion after the Tampa Bay Rays acquired Sergio Romo. Kittredge had pitched in three games for the Rays this season, allowing a run on five hits while he’s walked one and struck out three in just over two innings pitched.

As for a starting pitcher for Friday’s game against the New York Yankees, the Rays have a couple of option on the 40-man roster. Jose De Leon is rehabbing, but could be activated to make the spot start. Another fun option could be Brent Honeywell, who’s pitching schedule would line up with a start on Friday (last pitched on the 23rd).

The most likely option, however, is Austin Pruitt, who was curiously scratched from his start in Triple-A Durham last night. Pruitt made the Rays roster out of spring training as a reliever, but has since been stretched out in Durham to help the Rays starting depth.