Evan Longoria suffers bruised hand
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch during an intrasquad game and has a bruised right hand.
The Rays said precautionary X-rays Thursday were negative. The three-time All-Star third baseman was struck by a pitch thrown by reliever Matt Bush.
Manager Joe Maddon said Longoria was hit in the fleshy part of the hand. The player was examined by a trainer before leaving the game and returning to the club's spring training clubhouse.
"It's just a bruise," Longoria said in a statement released by the Rays. "It's sore, but getting hit by a pitch is part of the game. The X-rays were negative and that's good. Now it's day to day and we will see how it feels tomorrow. At this point, we just need to get the swelling out of there."
Longoria batted .244 with 31 homers and 99 RBIs last season, helping the Rays make the playoffs for the third time in four years.
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