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Rays' Evan Longoria exits with hand injury - Saturday 12th August, 2017

After taking a sharp liner off his left thumb in the 5th, Evan Longoria stays in the game before leaving in the 6th with a contusion

"If I feel good when I wake up [Saturday], I'll do my best to play," Longoria said. "But I guess I'll just leave it at that."

With the win, American League Central-leading Indians (61-52) maintained a firm lock on their division. Meanwhile, the Rays (59-58) were shut out for the fourth time in seven games. They did not gain any ground on the AL East-leading Red Sox, nor the Wild Card-leading Yankees.

Cleveland's Giovanny Urshela smoked a single up the left side that caromed off of Longoria's glove with one out. The hit scored Carlos Santana from second base. Longoria grimaced after the play and clearly was uncomfortable, prompting a visit on the field from the Rays' trainer.

Longoria leaves game with injury CLE@TB: Longoria exits game with left-thumb contusionAfter taking a sharp liner off his left thumb in the 5th, Evan Longoria stays in the game before leaving in the 6th with a contusion

"The ball got hit off my wrist and it hurt," said Longoria, who remained in the game after a brief examination but was replaced by Trevor Plouffe in the top of the sixth inning.

"I tried to get through the inning, but I knew that I was going to have to come out and try and get some ice on it, and get some results," Longoria said. "I've never really been a guy when something gets hit it swells up immediately. It didn't swell up all that much. [It's] pretty sore right now. I'll see how I wake up tomorrow, and if it feels good, I'll just test it all I can and do everything I can to get in there."

Looking forward, Longoria said, "Thankfully, everything was good."

"Every time you have to have X-rays and it hurts as bad as it does, bad thoughts creep into your mind," he added. "Breathe a sigh of relief after they come back negative."

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he'd wait until Saturday before determining whether to use Longoria.

"I think it's very similar to what happened to Lucas Duda a couple of days ago [taking infield practice]," Cash said. "I looked at it, and it looked like it hit the outside, but the inside of the thumb is what really puffed up. We'll see how [Longoria] is tomorrow. I'll text him, call him in the morning to see how he feels. He'll come in, do everything he can and get his treatment to be out there."

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for since 2004. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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