Hammel Primed for the Fifth Spot
Jason Hammel is pitching well at the right time.
With a decision looming about who will be the Rays’ No. 5 starter — Hammel or Jeff Niemann — Hammel went out Saturday afternoon and hung five scoreless innings on the Reds, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out four.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said a decision will likely be made by Monday.
Wednesday the Rays optioned top prospect David Price to Triple-A Durham, which narrowed the contest down to the two right-handers.