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Upton’s quad injury not believed to be serious

Posted May 2, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

The only downside to Wednesday’s 5-4 win against the visiting Mariners was center fielder B.J. Upton left after five innings because of tightness in his right quad.
Manager Joe Maddon called it “a cramping issue. There’s a little bit of tightness.” Maddon said it is not a serious issue but he won’t know until Upton arrives at Tropicana Field for today’s 1:10 p.m. start if he will be able to play.
Upton, who missed the first two weeks of the season because or a sore lower back, has played nine of his 11 games on the Trop’s AstroTurf.
Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield worked with Upton during the game, and Maddon said Porterfield felt he was able to reduce the tightness.
“Ronnie felt like he was getting it looser,” Maddon said, “but nevertheless it was something you don’t want to push.”

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