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Tampa Bay Rays DH Pat Burrell expects to be out only a couple days



UPDATE, 6:18: Burrell said he doesn't think the neck problem is serious but wants to be careful and rest it for a day or two but doesn't expect to end up on the DL.
"Having been through this the first time, I don't want it to get to where I have to miss any length of time,'' he said.  "I think the best thing to do is just rest if for a day or so and then move forward. I could probably have played, I just don't want to make it worse. And I think with a little bit of rest it will get better. .... Bottom line is I don't think think it's going to be something serious and I'll just try to be careful.''

UPDATE: Burrell could pinch-hit Sunday and be back in lineup by Tuesday. Brignac likely to stay only short-term if that's the case.

DEVELOPING: DH Pat Burrell's status in terms of his neck injury should be clarified soon by manager Joe Maddon. Burrell said he would talk to the media after Maddon does. RHP Chad Bradford said he's ready to be activated if needed.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:50am]


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