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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Injury updates on S-Rod and Longo
Posted Mar 9, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 01:20 PM
PORT CHARLOTTE Here is a couple of injury updates …
Sean Rodriguez said the knuckle on his left index finger is sprained and swollen, but he doesn’t see the injury keeping him out of the lineup any longer than two or three days.
“In trainer’s terms it’s day-to-day,” Rodriguez said. “When I talked to the hand doctor (this morning) he said it’s all pain tolerance and I said, ‘In that case, I’m good.’ ”
The injury is on his glove hand so it won’t interfere with his throwing. Also, Rodriguez said he can grip the bat while keeping the finger in the air.
Evan Longoria (bruised right hand) participated in pregame batting practice and said everything went well.
The key, Longoria said, is the degree or pain or discomfort he feels the day are a workout. He said he didn’t feel anything Thursday or today and expects to remain pain free Saturday.
If that is the case, Longoria said he will take live BP off Matt Moore on Saturday, something he did Thursday when he stood in the batters box and only tracked Moore’s pitches.
“Hopefully I get to take some swings and see how it feels, but I’m not anticipating any problems,” he said.
Longoria said he doesn’t want to put a timetable on his return, but if things go well Saturday he could be in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates at Charlotte Sports Park.