The Tampa Bay Rays traded for right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi this offseason and he will finally be making his debut for the team early this week. With the injury to David Price (strained left triceps muscle), Tampa Bay needed an arm to place in the rotation and the 23-year-old Odorizzi got the call after evaluation a few potential replacements.
“Jake, by a series of different reasons, got the nod. We felt good about all of them,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said, via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “I hear he had been doing a great job (in Durham). Here’s a guy who went about his business really well (in the spring), has a nice makeup, has a nice way about him. So we felt confident starting him on Monday.”
Odorizzi had a 3.83 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 47/15 K/BB ratio with Triple-A Durham this season.
It is likely that the former 2008 draft pick will stay in the rotation for the foreseeable future, so the fan base better get used to seeing the young man out on the mound.