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Hanigan available to catch in emergency situation

ANAHEIM -- Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan 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 has been receiving treatment for the problem, which he felt was caused by either cramping or a mild strain. Prior to Saturday night's game, he reported still being a little tender, but seemed to think if he can continue to get treatment, he'll be fine by Tuesday. But that did not eliminate the possibility of him being used in case of an emergency, which Rays manager Joe Maddon also said was a possibility.

However, if Hanigan is not available, Sean Rodriguez will be the emergency catcher. After Rodriguez, the duty would fall to Wil Myers. The Rays outfielder once played catcher in the Royals' farm system.

Rodriguez noted that he would embrace the challenge, if the opportunity arrises.

"I wouldn' shy away from it," said Rodriguez, who noted that the Angels flirted with him about the possibility of playing catcher when he was in their organization. "If there's an opportunity for me to show that I can play baseball, I'm going to do it."

Rodriguez dropped a surprise on reporters when he was asked if he had a catcher's mitt. He pulled out a Gold Glove Rawlings mitt with No. 4 stitched on it. Yadier Molina gave him the glove.

"I thought he'd be giving me a rag," said Rodriguez, obviously proud of the special mitt.

Hanigan managed a smile when asked if he had any advice for Rodriguez or Myers if they have to be used behind the plate.

"I hope it doesn't come to that," he said.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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