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Rios, Soto recover well from return to action

Rios, Soto recover well from return to action

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Alex Rios was in the lineup for the second straight night, playing right field against the Reds on Friday. Rios played on Thursday for the first time since March 4 while recovering from a strained intercostal muscle.

Rios was 1-for-2 with an infield single Thursday and didn't have any problems Friday in recovering from the game other than some general soreness from not playing for eight days.

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Geovany Soto caught four innings on Thursday in his first start of the Cactus League after having surgery on Feb. 22 to have a bone removed from his left ankle. He did not catch Friday but got nine at-bats in the Minor League games on the back fields. He went from one field to another, getting at-bats whenever an opportunity presented itself. He had a double and a home run.

"It was good, my legs felt great, everything felt great," Soto said. "Now it's getting my timing down and getting into baseball shape and getting the endurance back in my legs. It didn't hurt one bit. It wasn't sore one bit."

Soto is expected to go five innings behind the plate on Saturday against the Athletics.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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