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Scott, Niemann close to returning

Scott, Niemann close to returning

Scott, Niemann close to returning
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.

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