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Tampa Bay Rays notes: Scott day to day with hamstring tightness

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE -

Tampa Bay Rays DH Luke Scott left Sunday's game against the Twins because of a tight left hamstring suffered during his first at-bat, which resulted in a fly out to right field.

"I ran, came back to the dugout and it was just a little bit tight," Scott said. "Hopefully I'll be back in a couple of days."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he is not concerned.

"Totally precautionary," Maddon said. "With a cold day (we) just got him out of there. There's nothing wrong but when you hear tightness on a cold day like (Sunday) you just want to get him out of there."

With his surgically repaired right shoulder no longer an issue, Scott had three hits in his first 10 at-bats this spring, including a double off the wall Feb. 27 against Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Scott also was pleased that his shoulder was healthy enough to allow him to play right field the following day.

Scott was still confident after leaving Sunday's game that he will have a productive spring. The chilly temperature — 54 degrees at game time — might have contributed to his injury.

"The muscle's just tight," Scott said. "I think cold day, a little bit of fatigue from working my legs, I worked my legs pretty hard this week. I've had stuff like this many times before. I'm not worried."

Price sharp

LHP David Price allowed one hit and struck out five in three innings during Sunday's 7-2 win. He threw strikes on 29 of his 41 pitches, including nine of 10 in the first inning.

Price said he was able to throw his fastball, change-up and cutter for strikes. He worked with pitching coach Jim Hickey in the bullpen during the week to iron out a few wrinkles in his delivery.

"We figured some stuff out that I was doing last year. I was kind of drifting toward home plate," Price said. "Just being able to stay back makes everything a lot easier, allows my arm to be able to catch up to my body, allows me to be able to throw the ball where I'm trying to, and that's what we did (Sunday)."

A first for Longoria

3B Evan Longoria played on back-to-back days for the first time this spring. He was 1-for-3 with a first-inning double off the left-field wall.

Longoria would like to get at least 50 at-bats this spring, and the schedule he has worked out should permit at least that many. As the Rays play deeper into the spring, Longoria said he will see how his left hamstring feels around the fifth inning, and if it feels good, he will ask to continue to play so he can get one more at-bat.

The key, Longoria said, will be to push himself in the later innings of the final Grapefruit League games so he will have the confidence he can play a full nine innings once the regular season begins.

Longoria is hitting .500 after 10 at-bats.

"I feel pretty good right now," he said, "and I feel after another 40 at-bats I'll be where I want to be."

Game stuff

Chris Gimenez drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run, opposite-field home run. Kelly Johnson drove in two runs with a double, Matt Joyce had an RBI double and Wil Myers tripled and scored a run.

LHP Jake McGee allowed two more hits — he's allowed five in his three innings this spring. Maddon said he is not concerned because McGee is working on developing pitches other than his fastball.

Noteworthy

Maddon, when talking about the talents of INF Mike Fontenot, offered this unsolicited opinion about INF Cole Figueroa: "I've only heard about this guy through the minor leaguers. This guy is going to play in the big leagues. He's a big-league player for me." … RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Jeff Niemann and LHP Enny Romero are scheduled to face the Red Sox today in Fort Myers.

 

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