Monday, March 5, 2012

Pena to make spring debut for Rays, Longoria still sidelined

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Carlos Pena would make his spring training debut Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins at the Charlotte Sports Park, but that he was still keeping third baseman Evan Longoria on the shelf because of his bruised right hand.

Maddon said Longoria's injury is not serious and with more than a month to go he didn't want to risk anything.

"He (Longoria) will get plenty at bats. We just want to make sure he can swing and not aggravate his injury," Maddon said. "Its nothing really horrible wrong with his wrist. There is a little discoloration and we thought it might influence the way he swings and that could cause other problems. He is fine and coming along great."

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