SEATTLE -- Luke Scott (mild strain, right external oblique) and Jeff Niemann (right fibula fracture) are both close to returning to the team. Both played for Class A Charlotte of the Florida State League on Tuesday in a game at Bradenton, Fla.
Scott hit an opposite-field home run while going 2-for-4 as the Stone Crabs' DH. Niemann pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said the news on both players' progress was good.