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Maddon: Moore injury "not a concern," Scott to miss first 3-4 exhibitions

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Rays manager Joe Maddon continued to reiterate LHP Matt Moore's abdominen strain is not a concern, they're just being overcautious with him.

"It's an over-conservative thing we're doing right now," Maddon said. "I really believe the next day or two, he should be fine."

Maddon also said DH/1B Luke Scott (shoulder) will not play in the first 3-4 exhibition games, as he continues to recover from surgery.

"The priority with a guy like him is to be ready April 6," Maddon said.

Maddon was impressed with both RHP Matt Bush and RHP Jeff Niemann in their live batting practice sessions. Maddon continues to like Bush's delivery, and stuff, seeing his breaking ball today.

"His breaking ball is pretty advanced for this part of camp already," Maddon said. 'That, and i like the way he's dealing with everything. Here's a young man that's gotten a second chance and he's done a lot of good with it. It's impressive to watch."

Niemann, who turned 29 today, had a scare during his live BP session, with Sean Rodriguez ripping a line drive up the middle to the left of the protective screen. Niemann quickly ducked out of the way.

"That was almost the worst birthday present, ever," Niemann said.

Maddon said they're going to try to wrap up the workout earlier tommorrow, easing their workload from all the long days on the field - and on their feet.

Maddon also said that SS Reid Brignac and Sean Rodriguez will alternate starting exhibition games as part of that competition.

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:40am]

    

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