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Don't look now: Aki out four to five days

The shiner on Rays 3B Akinori Iwamura's left eye didn't look too bad, but after seeing an eye doctor this morning it was bad enough to keep Iwamura out of the lineup for the next four to five days.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team hasn't made a decision about whether Iwamura, who was hit by a bouncing ball in the face late in Saturday's game, will make the trip to Toronto tomorrow night. Apparently, stress on the eye is a concern, so much so that Iwamura won't be available as a pinch runner or pinch hitter and won't take batting practice.

Iwamura's absence moves Ty Wigginton to third and places Elijah Dukes back in the lineup after a mysterious day off Saturday. Here's today's lineup:

Dukes, CF
Upton, 2B
Crawford, LF
Norton, DH
Pena, 1B
Wigginton, 3B
Young, RF
Navarro, C
Harris, SS

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:31am]


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