Ciuffo (quadriceps) went 0-for-2 in Thursday's 19-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox. The 21-year-old backstop had left the Feb. 27 game against the Phillies after fouling a ball off his left quad, with Thursday marking his return after several days of rest. Ciuffo had notched singles in each of his first two at-bats before Thursday in what is his second consecutive spring training stint with the Rays, and is simply getting some extended big league exposure before likely starting the season at Double-A Montgomery. Ciuffo slashed .262/.288/.297 with eight doubles, 15 RBI and a pair of stolen bases over 242 plate appearances with High-A Charlotte in 2016.
Ciuffo was taken out of Monday's game against the Phillies as a precaution after suffering a left quad contusion due to fouling a ball off his quad, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE reports. Although taking a ball of his quad certainly had to be painful, it appeared that Ciuffo could have stayed in the game if it was truly necessary. Assuming his injury is nothing more than a bruise, he should be able to recover in plenty of time to continue getting opportunities to catch in big league camp.