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Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford says he's just day to day

UPDATE, 5:57 p.m.: Manager Joe Maddon said Pat Burrell is available to pinch hit tonight, but will get a cortisone injection in his neck tomorrow to help alleviate what doctors labeled inflammation and stiffness in his neck.

The shot will make Burrell unavailable for Friday's and Saturday's game, and he will be reevaluated Sunday.

"It doesn't look awful, they're calling it inflammation," Maddon said. "The doctors just want to see how he reacts to the shot over the course of the next two days after that. We'll have a better idea how to read it Sunday."

Maddon said Carl Crawford is available to pinch hit or pinch run tonight and hopes he will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

Other tid-bits from Maddon's pre-game media session;

*Maddon said he's not overly concerned with closer Troy Percival, who gave up a pair of ninth inning home runs last night. Maddon said he liked how Percival reached 93 miles per hour on the gun, his location just wasn't good.

He also said Percival had seven days between outings.

*RHP Chad Bradford pitched in his first extended spring game Wednesday, saying he felt good (throwing one inning) but said he's still "several weeks" away from returning. He said he'll probably appear in three more extended spring outings before likely a minor league rehab stint.


The Tampa Bay Rays returned home to play the Indians, with both Carl Crawford and Pat Burrell out of the lineup.

Carl Crawford, who bruised his right shoulder making a diving catch in Wednesdays game, said he's' feeling better, and is still just a day to day thing.

He's been icing the shoulder and said he hopes to be back in the lineup Friday.

Though there have been no report on Burrell - who was sent back to St Pete early to check out the lingering stiffness in his neck - early indications are that it doesnt appear serious. His name is still on the bench part of the lineup card posted in the clubhouse. We won't know for sure until Manager Joe Maddon updates us a little later.


Upton cf
Bartlett ss
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Aybar dh
Gross rf
Zobrist lf
Iwamura 2b
Hernandez c
Shields rhp


Sizemore cf
Cabrera ss
Martinez c
Shin Soo Choo dh
Peralta 3b
DeRosa 1b
Francisco lf
LaPorta rf

Valbuena 2b
Carmona rhp

-- JOE SMITH, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:46am]


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