Highland's Odorizzi to make another major-league start Monday for Tampa Bay

News-DemocratMay 19, 2013 

A triceps injury to Tampa Bay Rays starter David Price has led to another major-league start Monday for Highland High School graduate Jake Odorizzi against the Toronto Blue Jays, according to the Associated Press.

Odorizzi is scheduled to start in Toronto against R.A. Dickey in a 12:07 p.m. game.

The 23-year-old right-hander has been tearing up Class AAA with the Durham Bulls, compiling a 4-0 record with a 3.83 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings.

Earlier this season Odorizzi tossed seven hitless innings as part of a combined no-hitter for the Bulls. He also was selected International League Pitcher of the Week earlier this month.

"Jake, by a series of different reasons, got the nod. We felt good about all of them," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon told 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 joined Tampa Bay in a 2012 trade that brought himself and fellow Kansas City Royals prospect Wil Meyers to the Rays in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis.

Odorizzi was a combined 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in Class AA and Class AAA last season while still in the Royals' organization.

He made his major-league debut with the Royals on Sept. 23 last season and was 0-1 in two starts with a 4.91 ERA. Now with his third organization, Odorizzi was a first-round draft pick (32nd overall) following his senior year at Highland High School in 2008.

Odorizzi helped lead Highland to a state championship his senior year.

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