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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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.