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Rough start




First, centerfielder Joey Gathright took an awkward stumble trying - and failing - to catch a fly ball. He said his left shoulder hurt when he hit the ground but it was not a major concern.

In the second inning, trainer Ron Porterfield came out to check on struggling lefthander Scott Kazmir, who a lengthy conversation, ended up staying in the game. Manager Joe Maddon said Kazmir briefly felt some tightness in his lower back.

Then shortstop Julio Lugo appeared in obvious discomfort while taking a swing during a third inning at-bat and had to leave the game. He ended up with an infield single and came around to score, but was obviously in pain and did not come out to play the field in the bottom of the third. He was replaced by Luis Ordaz.
Lugo's injury was later diagnosed as an abdominal strain and the Rays said they won't know any more about his status until their next game on Wednesday. Ordaz also ended up leaving the game due to soreness in his left knee. An X-ray was negative, but he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. If Lugo is going to be out for more than a few days, the Rays might have to consider calling up top prospect B.J. Upton.



[Last modified: Friday, July 2, 2010 11:38am]


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