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Wrist soreness back for Tampa Bay Rays' Sam Fuld

PORT CHARLOTTE — Rays OF Sam Fuld left Friday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays in the third inning with soreness in his right wrist, the wrist he hurt late last season.

Though Fuld said it was not quite as painful as in September, he was planning to see a hand specialist and have an MRI exam Monday. He said it could affect his availability for opening day.

"It's just bad timing," Fuld said. "It's really frustrating. I'm disappointed. But there's nothing we can do about it."

Fuld aggravated the wrist on a swing-and-miss. It was "the most painful it's been this spring," he said.

He said he has had treatment on the wrist throughout camp and he has taken less batting practice as usual.

"I don't think it was ever completely 100 percent," Fuld said. "I was just trying to play with maybe just a little pain. I was confident I would be able to grind it out a little."

PRICE CHECK: LHP David Price was encouraged with how he threw, allowing two runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings (85 pitches).

Price incorporated his curve into a game for the first time this spring and said he believed it was sharp.

"I feel pretty close to where I need to be right now," Price said.

MORE FOR MOoRE: LHP Matt Moore's standing with the Rays has risen significantly the past six months, from winning his first playoff start to signing a long-term deal to potentially landing in the rotation.

But Moore, 22, wanted more, and he has become the team's players union representative, taking over for 3B Evan Longoria, who was in the role the past three years. Moore said it was a great experience Friday as he listened to union chief Michael Weiner, who made his annual stop at Rays camp.

"It's definitely going to be another responsibility, but there's not a whole lot in my life that I can't get away from," Moore said. "So it's something that, for me, was interesting. It definitely wasn't pinned on me; it's something I went looking for."

Longoria was looking to turn over the duties to someone else. Moore, a veteran of five big-league games, was willing to get involved.

MEDICAL MATTERS: SS Reid Brignac (right foot) continued to ramp up his baseball activities, including getting pregame defensive work in the field. He said he was encouraged enough that he would "for sure" be ready by opening day.

"I hope to get out there next week and play," Brignac said.

Brignac said it depends on what the training staff believes he can handle, and it could be several days before he gets back into a game. But he is feeling better every day and said "we're going in the right direction."

Brignac has been sidelined due to an issue with his plantar fasciitis, the tissue on the bottom of the foot, sustained March 15.

Maddon said CF B.J. Upton will be out for a few more days but still believes he will be ready for opening day. Upton has been sidelined since a collision with LF Desmond Jennings on March 14.

GAME DETAILS: The Blue Jays scored four runs in the ninth off RHP Jhonny Nunez for a 7-5 victory in front of 5,982 at Charlotte Sports Park. … Longoria had two RBIs, and Ben Zobrist and Jeff Keppinger each had one.

MISCELLANY: The Rays narrowed their field of bullpen candidates by optioning RHP Josh Lueke and LHP Cesar Ramos to the minor leagues. … Maddon said the decision on the fifth starter could come in the next several days, possibly early next week. … Jennings went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as the DH in a minor-league game on the back fields. … Moore will pitch in a minor-league game today.

Wrist soreness back for Tampa Bay Rays' Sam Fuld 03/23/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 23, 2012 11:40pm]
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