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Longoria not ready; Pena set to play Tuesday

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Rays 3B Evan Longoria needed only a couple of swings Monday to know his bruised right hand wasn't ready yet and shut down his workout, with plans to try again Tuesday. "A day or so,'' he said. Longoria will have to progress through hitting off a tee, hitting flipped balls and then taking batting practice on the field so it would seem it could be at least Thursday before he plays in a game.

1B Carlos Pena said his live batting batting practice off Kyle Farnsworth and Brandon Gomes went well and he expects to make his exhibition debut on Tuesday.

OF Sam Fuld, who still had some inflammation in his wrist, also took BP and said it went well, and he likely will take another round of "live" BP on Thursday before playing in a game.

Luke Scott said he had some soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder during BP but was "still on track" to play by the end of the week.

Gomes, coming off back surgery, said his session went well.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 12:40am]

    

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