Jaso, Franklin expected back soon for Rays

Jaso, Franklin expected back soon for Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE -- Three Rays' position players are nursing injuries, but none appear too serious at this point.

John Jaso sustained a right leg bruise Saturday compliments of an A.J. Burnett fastball in the first inning of the Rays 1-1 tie with the Pirates.

"Jaso seems fine," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Obviously would be good to go had this been a regular-season game. But we'll be smart with it. He was scheduled to play today in the outfield."

Jaso said of his injury, "It's good." He expects to be in the lineup playing the outfield Tuesday when the Rays have split-squad games against the Pirates and Red Sox.

Nick Franklin left Saturday's game during the fourth inning due to a mild left hip strain.

"Everything is good," Franklin said. "I took everything as normal today. I didn't feel any discomfort, so I should be ready whenever."

Franklin noted that being cautious was the prudent move given how early it is in Spring Training.

"To my knowledge, he'll be with us tomorrow in Tampa [against the Yankees]," Cash said.

Brandon Guyer's oblique strain appears to be the most serious experienced by the group as he sustained a mild strain in his lat/oblique area.

"I felt better today," Guyer said. "Still don't think it's anything serious. For now we'll take it day by day."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.