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Upton, Riggans to miss a few days

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.”

Reader Comments

Por (Chris F.) on September 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Right now, this team needs some additional offensive power. This road trip has been horrendous from a run scoring standpoint. I don’t know anything about Johnson, thus my vote would be for Gomes. If his stint in Durham has done him any good, he’s proven before that just maybe he can be that right-handed power hitter the Rays need. With Baldelli back and Longoria due any day now, hopefully Gomes sees better pitches than he did earlier in the year.

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Por (B W Galle) on September 08, 2008 (Suggest removal)

The Rays are probably kicking themselves for not making a move a motnth ago, before the injury bug hit them.

The Rays have merginal reserves and picking up a free aggent to be even if yoiu did not plan on signing him, would look good now.

The current healthy Rays OF has no one in it that is a true outfiled (i.e. hit for power or average, strong arm, fleet and last but not least hustles all the time).

Bruinging Gomes up may the right choice, but a hitter not hitting hia weight and a less thatn average fielder says the Rays are pretty far out on the limb.

Pitching and fielding is holding up (at least in the IF fielding).

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Por (Jack) on September 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Is it ok to panic now? At this rate the Rays will be lucky to hold on to the wildcard. I don’t want to say I told you so to Andy Friedman, wait, yes I do, by not making a move for an offensive player, Nady/Bay type, the Rays are stuck playing Zobrist, Perez and Ruggiano. Zobrist may be a nice guy and has had a few big hits, but overall he is a .215 hitter. Wouldn’t it have been worth it to “rent” a player for the stretch drive even if it would cost us Niemann and another prospect for the Rays to win the title? Maybe that rented player would have made the difference in all of these close losses, but we will never know, and if the Rays choke, this great season will be remembered for the collapse that should have been avoided. Thanks Andy.

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Por (Raymond Devilinski) on September 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

It was inevitable. The Red Sox are the real deal and the Rays are chumps who are afraid to be called Devil! Now the Rays have to rely on Gutless Gomes, who attacks a man being held down? Season over.

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Por (Denny) on September 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Hey Raymond.How can you call the Rays chumps? They’ve been one of the top teams in baseball for most of the season. Chumps,Chumps? Is your mother a chump if she doesn’t get you your Fruity Pebbles on time. Does your boss call you a chump because you didn’t clean the toilets properly?Obviously by your comments at 3:15 AM, you’re a troubled man, or err boy who has hostilities. Relax dude, its baseball.It’s a fun thing.The Rays have done an outstanding job, whether they win it or not.This is the first of many great seasons to come.Sure the sox are the real deal, they better be at $200,000. Love your team, even though you live in our state. But don’t knock our “1st place” team. Have you not slept since the sox got knocked out of 1st?

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Por (I hate that poster named Raymond) on September 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Raymond, a pox on your house, or street corner, or whatever ya got, you piece of trash.  While my greatest wish at this moment is that you suffer a lingering and painful death, in a few minutes I’ll probably be just fine with you enduring a quick and painless one.

This will never get posted, but it sure makes me feel better.

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Por (Gene) on September 09, 2008 (Suggest removal)

I hate, we all understand.  Remember, Raymond’s punishment is he has to live with himself!  Everyone needs to remember that we are enjoying this season like never before.  I believe they will do as they have done all year and right the ship.  They (and us) are learning lessons about dealing with these situations tha will pay dividends for years with our young club.  Go Rays!  I’ll be watching!  BTW, what was the transmission glitch late in the game last night?

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