Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays are being cautious with Evan Longoria after the slugger was hit on his right hand by a pitch.
Longoria was injured Thursday. X-rays of his bruised hand were negative, but he won't be in the lineup for the Rays' spring opener against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
The three-time All-Star third baseman said Friday that he doesn't expect to be sidelined more than a couple of days. He and manager Joe Maddon are hoping for a return next week.
Longoria was hit by teammate Matt Bush, who was upset by hitting the club's best player. Longoria reassured him that these things happen in baseball.