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 quad injury not believed to be serious
Posted May 2, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM
ST. PETERSBURG 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.”