Fuld runs, then appears in Minor League game

Fuld runs, then appears in Minor League game

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Sam Fuld went through an intense outfield workout involving a lot of running Thursday morning, and after coming out of it without any issues with his right hamstring, he appeared in a Minor League game.

"Feels pretty good," Fuld said after his morning workout.

"Everything went fine," Fuld said after he made four plate appearances, walking once, but did not play the field.

Fuld has been out since experiencing tightness in his right hamstring in a March 3 game. Given that much of what Fuld does on a baseball field is predicated by being able to use his legs, the Rays have taken a cautious approach with the outfielder.

Rays manager Joe Maddon seems optimistic about Fuld's progress, and the outfielder is expected back by Opening Day.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.