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Navarro, Upton update

Manager Joe Maddon said neither C Dioner Navarro nor 2B/CF B.J. Upton were hurt seriously Friday after both were taken off the field with what looked like significant injuries.

Navarro was hit in the throat by a bounced pitch and taken to Broward General Hospital for tests and evaluation, but was not kept overnight and Maddon said he got word from trainer Ron Porterfield that Navarro was "fine.''

Upton writhed in pain after straining the quadriceps in his left leg, but was feeling better by the time the game was over and said he expected only to miss a couple days and definitely did not need to go on the disabled list.

The Rays may change their stable of relief pitchers however, as an 8-2 lead turned into a 14-8 loss. And that was only three days after an 8-1 lead became a 12-11 loss.

"It’s very frustrating,’’ Maddon said. “We get a big lead and give it up again and it's just unacceptable. We can’t do those things. We just can’t do those things. That’s twice in a matter of a couple days to lose games we should have won. That’s just wrong. We have to do something to make ourselves better.’’
If the pitchers can’t do better, then the next step would be try to find better pitchers. Asked if changes were coming, Maddon said: “I just need to talk to Andrew (Friedman, the executive vice president.) That’s unacceptable. You just can’t be that way. You just can’t.’’

The Rays will know more Saturday on how long Navarro and Upton will be out. And whether there will be any new faces in the bullpen.

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


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