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It's Jackson on Saturday



Manager Joe Maddon said right-hander Edwin Jackson will start Saturday's game against the Rangers. It is a one-time deal, Maddon said, unless something happens to change plans. What might those circumstances be? Well, left-hander Mark Hendrickson pitches in an extended spring game Saturday to see if his shoulder stiffness is healed. If not, well, then things could change. The Rays need to make a roster move to accommodate Jackson, but that was not to be announced until after Friday night's game.

Scott Kazmir's cramping thumb was actually a cramping forearm muscle that caused his thumb to fold over into the palm of his hand. The left-hander who had to leave Thursday's Red Sox game said he was suffering from a cold and the medicine he took likely dehydrated him. He said drinking lots of water after the game and taking some electrolyte tablets calmed the pain.

Leftfielder Carl Crawford said his aching right shoulder is about 70 percent, but said he is committed to playing if he is able. Maddon said he will leave the decision to Crawford, who was in Friday's lineup.

Injuries, injuries and more injuries. Shortstop Julio Lugo's painfil oblique strain is such that he may not get back in the lineup before centerfielder Rocco Baldelli. Maddon said Baldelli will play in an extended spring game soon and could be back in the Rays lineup (either as a DH or fielder) the first week of May.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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