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Wil Myers nearing return to Rays

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers (9), with a cast on his right wrist, during batting practice before the start of the Miami Marlins against the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

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Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers (9), with a cast on his right wrist, during batting practice before the start of the Miami Marlins against the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field on Wednesday, June 4, 2014.

ARLINGTON, Texas — OF Wil Myers could be back in the Rays lineup within the next week.

Manager Joe Maddon said Myers, recovering from a broken right wrist, has done well enough in his first three rehab games at Triple-A Durham that he could rejoin the Rays during the series with Detroit, which starts Tuesday at the Trop.

"He's getting closer, not far off," Maddon said. "The big thing is timing. … Primarily as soon as he feels like he's seeing the fastball well, he'll be ready."

Myers, out since late May, is 4-for-9 with a grand slam and three walks as the DH. He was off Thursday and is schedule to play in the outfield tonight and Saturday.

Maddon said "it's not impossible" for Myers to return during the series that starts Tuesday, but "there's no rush."

OF David DeJesus (left hand) is set to start a rehab assignment. DeJesus, out since mid June, will work out at the Trop today, play for the Gulf Coast League Rays on Sunday, work out again at the Trop on Sunday, then join the advanced Class A Stone Crabs on Monday.

Jennings update: CF Desmond Jennings said he expects to be back in action tonight after not playing the last two games due to a sore left shoulder as a result of his Tuesday wall collision.

Jennings said Thursday he was fine —"straight," actually — but then acknowledged he was too sore to start; Maddon said he was available to pinch-hit.

"He's getting better," Maddon said. "He just needs another day to feel pretty good about it."

Longo report: 3B Evan Longoria and Maddon said the decision to remove him early from Wednesday's game and be the DH on Thursday was for rest and not related to injury.

Price check: With LHP David Price likely set to start for the Tigers on Thursday at the Trop, Sun Sports added the 1:10 p.m. game to its TV schedule. Price is scheduled to make his home debut for the Tigers on Saturday against Seattle's Felix Hernandez. The Tigers have Monday off, but the thinking is that unless RHP Justin Verlander is ready to return they will keep Price on a five-day schedule.

Marksmen: On Thursday, the Rays extended their streak of consecutive road games allowing three or fewer runs to 18, second longest behind the 1908 Cubs' 21. … After matching the 2013 Tigers record of 78 strikeouts by their pitchers over six games, the Rays, with nine Thursday, fell one short of the record for seven of 88, shared by the '13 Tigers and '13 Indians .

Minor matters: OF Andrew Toles, the Rays' 2013 minor-league player of the year, has reported back to Port Charlotte to work into baseball shape, having been away from the Stone Crabs since late May due to what farm director Mitch Lukevics said were "personal matters." … First-round draft pick 1B Casey Gillaspie, hitting .268 with seven homers and 36 RBIs was chosen for Tuesday's short-season Class A NY-Penn League All-Star Game. Other Hudson Valley selections: INFs Coty Blanchard and Jace Conrad, OFs Bralin Jackson and Hunter Lockwood, Ps Nolan Gannon and Hunter Wood. … INF Tim Beckham went 4-for-6 Wednesday in his first game back for Durham since recovering from right knee surgery.

miscellany: Legendary Tampa Jefferson High school coach Pop Cuesta, who retired after a 43-year career, will throw out the first pitch tonight. … Plenty of tickets are available tonight, but Saturday is sold out and limited seats remain for Sunday. … Jennings met with two 7-year-old cancer survivors from his native Alabama. … Maddon was challenged by Padres manager Bud Black to join the ice bucket challenge to raise ALS awareness.

Wil Myers nearing return to Rays 08/14/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2014 12:39am]
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