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Hanigan expects to rest through Rays' off-day

ANAHEIM -- Ryan Hanigan did not start again Sunday and was not available to play save for an emergency. And even then, maybe not.

The Rays catcher left Friday night's game prior to the bottom of the eighth because of a right hamstring problem that arose when he grounded out to end the seventh.

Hanigan continues to receive treatment for the issue, which he felt was caused by either cramping or a mild strain. Prior to Sunday's game he stuck with the idea that rest would allow him to play Tuesday after Monday's off-day.

Hanigan said he could have played Saturday night in the event of an emergency.

"If I had to," Hanigan said. "Probably wouldn't have been the smartest thing to do. But yeah."

When asked if he was looking at a stint on the disabled list, Hanigan answered: "No. Stamp it."

Rays manager Joe Maddon does not think Hanigan will need to go on the DL, but he was not as positive as Hanigan.

"I can't say it's impossible; I don't know that," Maddon said. "Hanny's a pretty tough guy. And that's part of the difficulty regarding evaluating this entire moment. The fact that he's pretty adament he's fine. So we're going to have to continue to look at this and try to evaluate it. But as of right now, no. But I can't tell you that with 100 percent certainty that it won't change."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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