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Wrist pain puts Rays' Longoria on bench

Rays top RBI man Evan Longoria, hit near his right wrist Thursday, took swings Friday but was in too much pain to play.

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Rays top RBI man Evan Longoria, hit near his right wrist Thursday, took swings Friday but was in too much pain to play.

SEATTLE — The pain near Evan Longoria's right wrist was bad enough to keep the Rays' leading run producer out of the lineup for Friday's game. And "hopeful" was the best he and manager Joe Maddon could say about his chances of making it back for tonight's game.

Longoria, who was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning Thursday, tested the wrist before batting practice Friday — as Maddon waited to post the lineup — but wasn't able to swing without considerable pain.

The good news is that X-rays taken after Thursday's game were negative and Maddon said the trainers "don't think it's anything serious."

"It's just sore," Longoria said. "It's just one of those things where you know it's not worth the risk of me trying to get out there and maybe hurt it more or do whatever. I really don't feel like I'm going to be able to go out there and help the team, so there's really no need to fight through it and not be able to help.

"It's just pain at the site, right where I got hit. Obviously it's hard enough to hit with a good wrist here, so to go out there and try to hit with a bad wrist, I don't want to do that."

When Longoria, batting with one out in a 1-1 game, was hit by J.J. Putz's 85 mph pitch, he naturally feared the worst, as did Rays officials and fans.

"You're obviously a little bit nervous," Longoria said. "There's all these little bones in there, and anything could just break them. They're so small and fragile and packed in there so tight. … It was pretty scary, but I'm confident now knowing that nothing's broken and it's just sore."

Longoria considered it good that he felt "about 50 percent better" Friday than Thursday night and expected the wrist to be sore the day after. He will continue receiving treatment and planned to test it again this afternoon. "I don't think it's going to get any worse," he said. "I just think it's going to get better."

Before going out to test the wrist Friday, Longoria said, "If I can't go today, then I'll be ready tomorrow 100 percent." But after taking swings in the batting cage, Longoria seemed less sure: "Hopefully tomorrow I'll be good to go."

Wrist pain puts Rays' Longoria on bench 08/08/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 9, 2008 12:01am]
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