Longoria expects to miss only a couple days
UPDATE, 11:09: Manager Joe Maddon said Longoria is slated to play on Monday.
BREAKING: Rays 3B Evan Longoria said his bruised right hand felt a little better on Friday and he didn't expect to be sidelined for long, with the key being a reduction in the swelling.
"It's a day to day thing, and as soon as I can pick up a bat and hold it in my hand I'll be back out there,'' he said Friday morning. "This is not something that I would anticipate that keeps me out for longer than a couple days. ''
Longoria said he was "a little concerned" when his hand got black-and-blue and increasingly sore after being hit by the Matt Bush pitch on Thursday, and then was greatly relieved when x-rays were negative.
"Obviously the x-rays tell the truth and there were no breaks or anything. Once that worry's our of your head you just let the swelling go down and go from there,'' he said. "There's no broken bones so there's really nothing to wait for to heal. It's just when the swelling gets out of there and it feels good.''
Longoria is receiving extensive treatment from the athletic training staff that includes pumping the hand and compression and ice.