ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have put right-hander Jeff Niemann on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder.
The move was retroactive to March 28 and announced before Friday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.
Niemann has yet to appear in a game this season. He competed for the fifth spot in the starting rotation during spring training and was moved to the bullpen after Roberto Hernandez won the job.
Right-hander Brandon Gomes was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster opening.