Rays expect Longoria to return on Monday
Third baseman's right hand swollen after being hit by pitch
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Evan Longoria dodged a bullet in Thursday's intrasquad game when he got hit on the right hand by a Matt Bush fastball.
The Rays third baseman suffered no broken bones, just swelling, leaving him day to day for when he will play.
"Obviously, thank God the X-rays were negative," Longoria said. " ... Just let the swelling get out of there and there's really nothing left to do. ... As soon as I can pick up a bat, I'll be back out there.
"Usually, if there's a broken bone or something, you can tell right off the bat. It did get pretty sore when I got back into the training room. That was a little bit of a concern for me. But, obviously, X-rays tell the truth. There were no breaks or anything. I think once that worry is out of your head, you just let the swelling go down and go from there."
Longoria felt bad for Bush.
"I just told him it's part of the game," Longoria said. "It's really unavoidable. More unfortunate for him. I know he was pretty nervous about the whole situation. You know, he felt terrible. I just assured him that I was not upset, it's just part of the game."
Longoria said he didn't expect the injury to keep him out of the lineup for more than a couple of days.
"It felt better waking up today," Longoria said. "It's the same song and dance when we go through this with me. As soon as I feel good and I'm able to get back out there I will. ... It [stinks] we're a couple of days away from starting games and I probably won't be able to play in at least the first [exhibition game]. Then again, I still have hope. ... Just a matter of when I can pick up a bat and throw a ball."
Rays manager Joe Maddon, whose team opens Grapefruit League play on Saturday, said that a Monday return to action for Longoria was a "smart guess."
Rays sell out Opening Day game vs. Yankees
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Rays' season opener at Tropicana Field on April 6 against the Yankees is sold out. It is the seventh consecutive season the Rays have sold out the home opener. In only two other seasons has Rays Opening Day sold out faster: 1998 (Dec. 6) and 2009 (Feb. 26).
All that remain are a limited number of scattered singles and obstructed-view seats. Fans in attendance will receive a 2012 Rays schedule magnet presented by RE/MAX.
Tickets remain available in nearly every price category for the two remaining games in the season-opening series vs. the Yankees. On April 8, the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will receive a Raymond Cowbell presented by Chick-fil-A as part of Family Fun Days presented by the Tampa Bay Times.
Single-game tickets for Rays 2012 regular-season home games are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Rays Tampa Store (400 N. Tampa St.) and the Gate 1 Tropicana Field Box Office, as well as over the phone at 888-FAN-RAYS and 1-800-745-3000, or online at raysbaseball.com.
Minor injuries put games on hold for three Rays
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Luke Scott, Sam Fuld and Matt Moore all will be delayed before playing in their first exhibition game for the Rays this spring.
Scott (right shoulder surgery) said he feels fine but understands that patience is needed for his situation. Manager Joe Maddon said he could start getting some game action next week.
Fuld, who had an issue with a tendon in his right wrist at the end of last season, won't see action until early next week. Maddon doesn't feel any urgency to rush Fuld, who said the wrist feels fine.
Moore (lower abdominal pain) said he no longer feels any discomfort. The rookie left-hander played catch Friday. "It's a 24-hour-at-a-time waiting game," Moore said.
Maddon said that Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield will likely schedule two bullpen sessions for Moore before throwing him into a live batting-practice session. After that, he should be ready for action. Maddon did not rule out Moore seeing action in a game next week.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.