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Duffy near return to Rays; Eovaldi 'throwing gas'

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BALTIMORE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that both third baseman Matt Duffy and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi are making good progress in their injury-rehab work, and both could return soon.

Duffy is slated to play with Class A Advanced Charlotte on Thursday. He has been out since April 16 after straining his right hamstring while running the bases in a game against the Rangers.

BALTIMORE -- Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that both third baseman Matt Duffy and right-hander Nathan Eovaldi are making good progress in their injury-rehab work, and both could return soon.

Duffy is slated to play with Class A Advanced Charlotte on Thursday. He has been out since April 16 after straining his right hamstring while running the bases in a game against the Rangers.

Cash said he will talk to Duffy after his game and see how the third baseman feels. If all goes well, Duffy could return to the Rays in the next few days, possibly as early as Friday when the team starts a series in Boston.

"He should be really close," Cash said. "Hopefully really close."

Eovaldi underwent surgery in late March to remove loose cartilage from his right elbow. That came after he missed the entire 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery.

But he threw a 37-pitch bullpen session in St. Petersburg, and Cash said Eovaldi was "throwing gas." Up next could be a bullpen session on Saturday, and there could be a possible return to the team by late May, if everything works out.

"He is right on schedule," Cash said. "Now it's up to us to put our heads together and map out how we want to build him up."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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