Rays trying four-man rotation in 2018

The Rays are taking it back 30 years when it comes to their pitching plans.

The team has decided to go with a four-man rotation for the 2018 season, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

The four starters will be Chris Archer, Blake Snell, Nathan Eovaldi and Jake Faria. The Rays still plan on using a five-day rotation, but will have relievers cover the fifth day.

According to a physical obtained by Yahoo Sports, Ohtani received a platelet rich plasma injection in his pitching elbow in October to help heal a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in the same elbow.

The Angels knew of the injury risk and are clearly not worried, probably because this type of injury has historically been manageable. One of the best examples would be with a fellow player out of Japan in Masahiro Tanaka.

While Clevinger received good news Monday, teammate Danny Salazar will have to wait a while to make his season debut, likely starting April on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

“Danny (Salazar) is not going to be ready. We’re looking for Clevinger to have a big year. He’s strong, and he should be able to be that innings-eater type pitcher,” Francona said.

Salazar is dealing with an inflamed right rotator cuff. He only made 19 starts last season (4.28 ERA) while dealing with injuries.

Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, Clevinger and Mike Tomlin will open the season as Cleveland’s five-man rotation. Tomlin could be the most likely to make way once Salazar returns.

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