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Upton’s Shoulder Injury Not Severe

Posted May 1, 2008 by Aaron Knox

Updated May 1, 2008 at 05:02 PM

B.J. Upton has strained the left shoulder before, including once with the Rays in August of 2006 and once in the minors. So, when he did it again swinging his bat in the fifth inning of today’s game against the Orioles, he wasn’t as concerned as he might have been. Especially when he got back to the clubhouse and started feeling better immediately.

“It looks bad right away. It feels bad right away,” Upton said. “But this is the best it’s ever felt right after, so we shouldn’t think too much of it.”

Upton is expected to miss Friday’s game at Boston, but manager Joe Maddon said his CF and No. 3 batter could be ready to participate in Saturday’s game. That doesn’t mean he’ll start that day, but it’s a possibility.

When Upton did it in 2006, he missed three games.

Reader Comments

Por (RICH) on May 01, 2008 (Suggest removal)

SURE HOPE UPTON IS NOT OUT LONG <> RUGGIANO IS PLAYING [CF] IN [AAA] AND HITTING .360 IF THEY HAVE INTEREST IN SWITCHING HAYNES <> THE PEN CONTINUES TO SHINE IN SAVING THE GAME TODAY <> IN CASE THEY NEED HELP IN THE PEN BY JULY THE ONE GUY WHO IS BEING OVERLOOKED IS THE CLOSER AT DURHAM <> DALE THAYER <> AFTER 14 INNS HIS ERA IS 1.29, WITH 20 K’S AND 5 SAVES.

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Por (Edgar Rivera) on May 01, 2008 (Suggest removal)

They need Upton to get healthy fast. I don’t understand why is Nathan Haynes still on the team? I don’t get with that guy. I am a Justin Ruggiano fan and he has had a bad rap. He never got a chance to showcase his talent. Dale Thayer should be in the major leagues. He could be the next Troy Percival. Just like the White Sox in 2005 had Bobby Jenks in the minors for half a season and stepped up; Dale Thayer could be in the Bobby Jenks category. Rays can succeed and the thing is Joe Maddon; he worries me.

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Por (RICH) on May 02, 2008 (Suggest removal)

THE EDGAR REPORT WAS PRETTY GOOD AND I GO ALONG WITH HIM ON RUGGIANO <> WE WILL KNOW MORE ON HAYNES OR GROSS STAYING WHEN FLOYD RETURNS <> WE NEED A LITTLE MORE PATIENCE, PLUS YOU CAN WORRY AWHILE LONGER ABOUT MADDON AND HIS TOTAL RESULTS MAY SURPRISE YOU <> THE PLAYERS WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO LOSE ARE : CC, BJ, PENA, HINSKE AND LONGO <> TO GO OVER THE HUMP WE NEED THEM <> I THINK GOMES & NAVARRO WILL ADD SOME CLUTH HITS FOR IMPROVEMENT !!

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Por (matt) on May 02, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Plain and simple, this team’s hitting coach sucks!!! Does he try to get these players to take a pitch here or there? Aki, Pena, Barlett, and Longoria are all struggling in some capacity and it certainly doesn’t look like annything is changing. Aki is not a leadoff hitter and I believe that is what is affecting his play, Longoria has 1 hit against lefties, and Pena is just sucking. What does the hitting coach do? The lefties are all jamming Evan down and in, Aki is coming out of his swing and Pena is just struggling badly. I think Maddon needs to address this asap…..

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Por (Greg M) on May 02, 2008 (Suggest removal)

hey I heard the Brewers just cut Turnbow - I hope the Rays consider giving him a call the guy has proven that he has closer stuff someone just needs to get his head straight and besides Reyes and Percival are obviously not long term solutions.

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