Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann was forced out of Monday night’s game at Toronto after taking a grounder off his right foot in the first inning. Niemann was struck on the foot by Adam Lind’s drive with runners at first and second.
He recovered to make the out but walked gingerly around the mound and was checked by the trainer before finishing the inning.
Niemann came out and warmed up to start the second, but was removed after a conference on the mound with the trainer and manager Joe Maddon. He was replaced by left-hander Cesar Ramos
Marc Topkin reports Neimann has a fractured fibula, Niemann likely to miss at least a few months but is expected back this season, manager Joe Maddon said. Nieman will the the 8th Rays player on the DL this season.
The Rays used a six-run fifth inning to defeat the Blue Jays, 7-1, in the first of a two-game series in the game.