Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Sam Fuld said he should be able to return from a right hamstring injury by the end of the next week.
“I’m feeling better. I’m not overly concerned,” Fuld said. “Other than the hamstring issue I had last year, I don’t have any other experience with this kind of injury, but I do know it’s not as severe as the one I had last (September). I was able to come back in about 10 days last year.
“Obviously the circumstances are a little bit different. I can afford to be a little more cautious, given the timing. Last year, I didn’t come back at full strength, but I was able to still come back. I need my legs so I need to make sure it’s fully healed and feeling 100 percent before I go back out there.”
Fund was hurt last Sunday while running the bases during a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins. He was on second base and Desmond Jennings was on first base when Kelly Johnson doubled.
“I felt Desmond on my heels and turned it up a little bit,” Fuld said. “That’s when I felt it.”
“Just a little tight,” Fuld said. “It felt like it was maybe close to doing something a little more severe. I know it was bad enough not to try to push it. I was coming out of the game anyway.
“It’s never easy to determine when to treat an injury. We all get little injuries here. I knew that was enough to come in (the dugout) and say something and get some treatment.”
Fuld said he feels fortunate to have caught the injury before it turned into a larger issue.
“I do. I think it could be worse,” he said. “I have to remind myself of that because it is frustrating and I’m sick of being in this spot.”