Longoria: Hand slowly getting better
Rays 3B Evan Longoria said he took more dry swings today to test his bruised right hand but is resigned to needing at least a few more days before getting into games.
"It's slowly going in the right direction,'' he said. "I'm as impatient as everybody. My tendency is to push it, but I think right now the smart decision is to just let it run its course. All it is is swelling, getting the swelling out of there.''
Longoria, hit on the hand by a pitch March 1, said there are no plans for additional x-rays or concern of additional injury. "There's no breaks,'' he said.
Longoria said at this point he is not going to set a specific day for his debut. "I wish I could, I'm very optimistic about things always,'' he said. "But at this point, we've just got to wait, got to wait it out.''
Longoria said he hopes to push for hitting off a tee and swinging at flipped balls on Wednesday. He would then need to take batting practice on the field before getting into a game.