Upton leaves with tightness in right quad, says it's "no big deal"
UPDATE, 12:30 A.M.: Manager Joe Maddon said it was not a major concern. “It’s nothing serious, it really is not,’’ he said. “He just cramped up a little bit.’’
Upton seemed to be walking fine and said it was “no big deal” on his way to the trainers’ room after getting dressed. With a matinee Thursday, though, he is unlikely to be in the lineup.
BREAKING: Already without 3B Evan Longoria, the Rays had to finish Wednesday's game without CF B.J. Upton, who left after five innings due to what the team said was tightness in his right quad. Upton, according to the team, was removed for "precautionary reasons.''
Upton was seen limping earlier in the game and leaving the dugout briefly with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield.
With Upton out, the Rays made a six-player position shuffle: Elliot Johnson came in and played shortstop, with Sean Rodriguez moving from short to third base, Will Rhymes from third base to second, Ben Zobrist from second base to rightfield, Matt Joyce from rightfield to left, and Desmond Jennings from leftfield to center.