B.J. Upton leaves game with sprained left ankle, is day-to-day
Update: B.J. Upton was using a crutch to walk around the clubhouse after the game, but is hopeful he'll be back in the lineup in just a few days.
Upton, who sprained his left ankle in a fifth inning collision with LF Carl Crawford at the warning track, said it was one of those plays where both he and Crawford called for the fly ball.
"It was kind of one of those in between balls,” Upton said. “It was just something we haven’t dealt with a lot of the time. I tried to move out of the way, and just came down funny on my ankle.”
Upton acknowledged it was a bit scary at first, as he stayed on the ground for a few minutes in obvious pain.
“Definitely in a lot of pain — didn’t know what was going on,” Upton said. “Once it cooled off a little bit, I was able to get up and walk off myself, definitely made it feel a lot better.”
But overall, manager Joe Maddon said the news was good, that the injury wasn't worse. X-rays were negative.“I don’t think it’s going to be extended,’’ Maddon said of Upton’s absence.
Update 9:07 p.m. The Rays say B.J. Upton has a left ankle sprain and is "day-to-day," after being examined by orthopedic team physician Dr Koco Eaton.
X-rays were taken at the Trop, and they came back negative.
CF B.J. Upton has left Thursday's game in the fifth inning with an apparent left ankle injury.
Upton was racing after a fly ball to left-center, and collided with LF Carl Crawford while leaping for the ball before landing awkwardly on his left ankle; he fell to the ground and was face down on the warning track for a few minutes. Crawford made the catch on the Dustin Pedroia fly ball, which came with one out.
Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield and manager Joe Maddon raced out to check on Upton, as the injury didn't appear to look good. But Upton was able to walk off the field, and was replaced by Ben Zobrist (who moved from second).
Akinori Iwamura replaced Zobrist at second.
More details as they come.
- JOE SMITH