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Navarro, Upton leave game hurt

C Dioner Navarro had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after being hit in the throat by a pitched ball in the sixth inning of Friday's game and was taken to a hospital. Earlier, CF B.J. Upton the game with what the Rays said was a strain of the left quadriceps.

Navarro appeared to be in considerable distress after Brian Stokes' pitch bounced and struck him in the throat. He was attended to by team trainers and then stadium emergency personnel and it looked like he was given oxygen as he was put on a cart and driven off the field. There was immediate word on his condition or what exactly was wrong.

Upton pulled up running out a ground ball in the first inning and writhed on the ground in severe pain for several minutes. He had to be helped off the field by first-base coach George Hendrick and trainer Ron Porterfield.

Team spokesman Jason Latimer said Upton would be re-evaluated on Saturday and his status was "day-to-day.''

Upton has been one of the Rays top performers, hitting .322 with nine homers and 31 RBIs. He was replaced in centerfield by Elijah Dukes.

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


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