Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Fuld not ‘overly concerned’ with hamstring injury
Posted Mar 8, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE Rays outfielder Sam Fuld said he should be able to return by the end of the next week from a right hamstring injury suffered last Sunday while running the bases against the Twins.
“I’m feeling better. I’m not overly concerned,” he said. “Other than the hamstring issue I had last year I don’t have any other experience with this kind of injury, but I do know it’s not as severe as the one I had last (September). I was able to come back in about 10 days last year. Obviously the circumstances are a little bit different. I can afford to be a little more cautious given the timing. Last year I didn’t come back at full strength, but I was able to still come back. I need my legs so I need to make sure it’s fully healed and feeling 100 percent before I go back out there.”
Fuld was on second base, and center fielder Desmond Jennings was on first base when second baseman Kelly Johnson doubled.
“I felt Desmond on my heels and turned it up a little bit,” Fuld said. “That’s when I felt it.”
“Just a little tight,” Fuld said. “It felt like it was maybe close to doing something a little more severe. I know it was bad enough not to try to push it. I was coming out of the game anyway. It’s never easy to determine when to treat an injury. We all get little injuries here. I knew that was enough to come in and say something and get some treatment.”
Fuld said he feels fortunate to have caught the injury before it turned into a larger issue.
“I do. I think it could be worse,” he said. “I have to remind myself of that because it is frustrating and I’m sick of being in this spot.”