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Fuld to miss more than a week with hamstring injury

Posted Mar 7, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 01:04 PM

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said this morning that outfielder Sam Fuld is not expected to return to the lineup until the end of next week.

Fuld hasn’t played since experiencing tightness in his right hamstring during Sunday’s game with the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Designated hitter Luke Scott also left the game that afternoon because of tightness in his left hamstring. Maddon said Scott should return by the beginning of next week.

Maddon received the medical update from Rays head athletics trainer Ron Porterfield this morning during Maddon’s drive to McKechnie Field for this afternoon’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“(Porterfield is) not classifying either one as a pull, more of a tightness,” Maddon said. “With Sam it just that Sam relies on his legs a lot for his living so he wants to take a little more time to make sure … neither one seems to be awful by any means. Just being a little more cautious with Sam.”

Maddon said the setback should not impact Fuld’s spot on the roster as a backup outfielder.

“I really don’t think so,” Maddon said. “I’m not anticipating that at all.”

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