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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Posted Sep 8, 2008 by Marc Lancaster
Updated Sep 8, 2008 at 10:29 PM
BOSTON—B.J. Upton said following tonight’s game he likely won’t be able to return to action until this weekend’s series at New York at the earliest, and he isn’t the only Ray who will be down for a while. Backup catcher Shawn Riggans is dealing with bursitis in his right knee and is expected to be sidelined 3-to-5 days.
Upton’s loss could prompt the Rays to add a player before tomorrow’s game. Joe Maddon noted his team is a bit thin right now because of injuries and said he would have some discussions with Andrew Friedman tonight.
If they go with an outfielder, Jonny Gomes seems the best bet since he is on the 40-man roster (which is currently full) and he has been here before. If the Rays would like to shore up further, they might go for someone like Elliot Johnson, who can play infield and outfield a la Ben Zobrist.
Upton was injured at some point while he was tracking down David Ortiz’s double off the Green Monster in the first inning.
“It’s tough to say when it happened, but it was definitely on that play,” said Upton. “It didn’t feel too bad at the time, but as the game went on it kind of got stiffer and stiffer. I felt like if I had to run hard it was going to go, and pretty much now is not the time for that.”