Fuld closer to returning than Longoria

Fuld closer to returning than Longoria

Fuld closer to returning than Longoria
ST. PETERSBURG -- Outfielder Sam Fuld may be back in Tampa Bay with the club before the end of its homestand, Rays manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday.

Out all season because of wrist surgery, Fuld is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham, that saw him go 0-for-4 with a walk Tuesday. In seven combined rehab games with Durham and Class A Charlotte, Fuld is 3-for-20 with four walks.

Maddon said Fuld is scheduled to play nine innings in the field Wednesday.

"He's feeling pretty good," Maddon said. "He's probably ahead of schedule. I think tonight will tell a lot after he plays. [Trainer Ron Porterfield] keeps sending glowing reports about him, so it may be sooner rather than later."

One player who will definitely be on the team's road trip, which begins in Baltimore, is third baseman Evan Longoria, albeit in different circumstances. Out since April 30 because of a partially torn left hamstring, Longoria will continue working with trainers and stepping up baseball activities.

"I still don't know exactly when," Maddon said about any timetable for Longoria to return. "He's gonna come on the trip with us and try to involve the baseball skill work also. From there, we'll try to determine the appropriate time to send him back out [for a rehab start]. But we haven't decided that yet."

Longoria took batting practice before Wednesday's game. He had previously mentioned fielding backhand grounders was the most difficult thing for him to handle, but Maddon said he is progressing.

"What we like is that he's getting better," Maddon said. "He's feeling less strained in movements, which is a good thing ... You just gotta be patient, he'll know when that does not have an impact on that."