Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Burrell hopes to return to lineup Tuesday
Posted Aug 15, 2009 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Aug 15, 2009 at 06:22 PM
Pat Burrell’s neck injury isn’t nearly as serious as the previous one this year, apparently, and he’d like to keep it that way. So Burrell is out of the lineup tonight, probably will be available to pinch-hit tomorrow, and likely will be back in the starting lineup Tuesday assuming he has no setbacks.
“It just grabbed me yesterday,” Burrell said. “Having been through this the first time, I don’t want it to get to the point where I have to miss any length of time. The best thing to do is just rest it for a day or so and then move forward. I could probably have played; I just didn’t want to make it worse. I think with a little bit of rest, it’ll get better. ... The bottom line is, I don’t think it’s going to be something serious. Just try to be careful with it.”
Burrell missed 29 games after going to the DL with a neck strain earlier this year. The current flare-up came during his strikeout in the fourth inning last night.
“You only get hurt if you miss,” he said. “It’s kind of like diving for a ball – if you miss it, it hurts. If you catch it, it’s fine. So just don’t miss.”