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Rays being cautious with Longoria's injured hand

8:41 PM, Mar 2, 2012   |    comments
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria
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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.

Associated Press

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