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Another update: Fuld set, Scott not ready, Longoria progress

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March

Here are a couple of updates:

* Rays 3B Evan Longoria took swings at flipped balls in the batting tunnels, and stepped into the cage against live pitching just to track balls. If his bruised right hand tolerated the flips well, he will be cleared for the first of two on-field batting practice sessions on Friday.

* OF Sam Fuld said his wrist felt find in his batting practice session and said he was set to make his exhibition debut Friday: "Ready, able, of avail.''

* DH Luke Scott was tentative in the cage and said while his surgically repaired right shoulder felt "good,'' he was "definitely not ready" for game action due to his mechanics, specifically with his front hip.

* LHP Matt Moore looked sharp and healthy in his throwing session, with no limitations from the mild abdominal strain that kept him off the mound for eight days.

 * Manager Joe Maddon watched the whole group, which included RHPs Kyle Farnsworth and Brandon Gomes and OF Brandon Guyer and said, "They're all good. .... All healthy." Also, after standing behind the cage watching the pitchers, he said: "From these 58-year-old eyes, that haven't played in a while, everybody looked like 123 mph."

* Visiting the Rays clubhouse today was former C Shawn Riggans, who had extensive shoulder surgery and is hoping to get back playing around mid-season with a team. Riggans is 31 now, still looks 25.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 7, 2012 12:40am]

    

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