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1001173 2038-01-01 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-01T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-05-15 01:57:03.0 UTC 2009-05-14T21:57:03.000-04:00 carl-crawford-likely-to-return-for-tampa-bay-rays-today-but-pat-burrell-not Published 2009-05-15 11:40:13.0 UTC 2009-05-15T07:40:13.000-04:00 sports/baseball/rays DTI 50977317 ST. PETERSBURG — Manager Joe Maddon said LF Carl Crawford probably will return to the lineup today after missing Thursday's game due to a bruised right shoulder. Crawford said his shoulder was feeling better but just a little sore and stiff. He left in the fifth inning Wednesday after his shoulder (which he injured making a diving catch) bothered him during his ensuing at-bat. But it's still wait and see with regard to DH Pat Burrell's neck stiffness. Burrell is scheduled to receive a cortisone shot today, which Maddon expects will make him unavailable for the next two games. But the Rays hope it will help ameliorate what doctors labeled "inflammation." Burrell had an MRI exam Wednesday and was examined by team spinal consultant Tom Tolli on Thursday after his neck didn't respond to treatment. "It doesn't look awful," Maddon said. "The doctors just want to see how he reacts to the shot over the course of the next two days after that." Burrell, who signed a two-year $16 million deal, is hitting .250 with 17 RBIs and five extra-base hits. He said the injury has affected his mobility. He's missed three straight games. "It got to the point where — not that I couldn't play — but I really need to drive the ball," Burrell said. "And it just got to the point where it was becoming more and more difficult to do." NO WORRIES: Maddon said he's not "overly concerned" about closer Troy Percival, who entered with the Rays up 8-2 in the ninth inning Wednesday and gave up two homers (and four runs). Maddon pointed to how Percival is healthy and he hit 93 mph, "which might be the high point for him in a while." He just didn't have the location. Maddon also noted non-ideal situations, such as going seven days between outings. Right-handers are hitting .176 against Percival, lefties .476. STEPPING UP: Maddon talked during the spring about how important having a long reliever is. That has been especially true this season with Rays starters not going deep into games as often as last year. But RHP Lance Cormier (2.39 ERA) has been a bright spot, saving the bullpen at times. His 261/3 innings are almost as much as fifth starter Jeff Niemann (332/3). "Lance Cormier, probably to this point, is the MVP of this team," Maddon said. BACK ON TRACK: LHP Scott Kazmir enters tonight's start still working through some mechanical issues. "It's getting there," he said. "It's something where you just feel comfortable and you don't even have to think about it anymore once everything's fine. "Right now, it seems like I'm tweaking things; where sometimes I'll open up and the ball will come out good, free and easy and other times it feels like I'm kind of working against myself." REHAB REPORT: Reliever Chad Bradford, on the DL after offseason right elbow surgery, threw in his first extended spring game Wednesday. He said he felt good but is still "several weeks" away from returning. He said he'll likely have three more spring appearances before a possible minor-league rehab assignment. C Shawn Riggans (right shoulder tendinitis) called his recent setback "another bump in the road." Riggans, likely out until mid June, said it puts him back to where he was when he went on the DL on April 13. He said the setback came when he threw to first base with not the best mechanics. "I know something good is going to come out of it," Riggans said. "It seems like it's never, ever easy for me, so why should it be this time? Here we are again talking about pretty much the same thing we talk about every year, some sort of injury. But I'm looking forward to getting back to baseball activities, hopefully be out there within a month or so." Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith @sptimes.com By Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer Baseball,Pinellas,Rays,Sports Carl Crawford likely to return for Tampa Bay Rays today, but Pat Burrell not JHIATTN Manager Joe Maddon said LF Carl Crawford probably will return to the lineup today after missing Thursday's game due to a bruised right shoulder. But it's still wait and see with regard to DH Pat Burrell's neck stiffness. 2STC Sports 2 Star dhvjzrzmu2vc dhvjz Crawford okay; Burrell not St. Petersburg 4 sp_raysnotes051509-2STC Crawford okay; Burrell not 2009-05-15 04:00:00.0 UTC 2009-05-15T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/05/14/50977317-carl-crawford-likely-to-return-for-tampa-bay-rays-today-but-pat-burrell-not StaffArticle sports,baseballBaseballsports,baseball,raysTampa Bay RaysST. PETERSBURG — Manager Joe Maddon said LF Carl Crawford probably will return to the lineup today after missing Thursday's game due to a bruised right shoulder.Baseball,Pinellas,Rays,SportsBaseball,Pinellas,Rays,SportsJoe Smith 380299 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 joe-smith published Joe Smith <p>Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the <i>Tampa Bay</i> <i>Times</i><i> </i>in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2006 after spending two years with the<i> Modesto Bee</i> in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the<i> Michigan Daily</i>. He freelanced for the Associated Press and <i>Detroit Free Press</i> before securing internships at <i>Crain's Detroit Business</i> and the <i>Raleigh News </i><i>& Observer</i>. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745475 Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the Times in 2006 after spending two years with the Modesto Bee in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the Michigan Daily. He freelanced for the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press before securing internships at Crain's Detroit Business and the Raleigh News & Observer. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke. <p>Phone: (813) 310 9024</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:joesmith@tampabay.com ">joesmith@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blogs: </p><p><a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/">Lightning Strikes</a></p> 1 (St. Petersburg 4/4/2007)&#10;Facebook picture of Joe Smith.&#10;(John Pendygraft | TIMES) /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Joe_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745475-joe-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">JOE SMITH</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2287137 2016-07-28 01:41:20.0 UTC 1 Month Ago rays-morrison-wanted-more-than-a-pat-on-a-back sports/baseball/rays Rays: Morrison wanted more than a pat on a back StaffArticle 2280399 2016-06-06 01:11:32.0 UTC 3 Months Ago dodgers-designate-ex-ray-crawford-for-assignment sports/baseball/rays Dodgers designate ex-Ray Crawford for assignment StaffArticle 2284629 2016-07-08 16:47:10.0 UTC 2 Months Ago most-influential-women-in-tampa-bay-sports-melanie-lenz-tampa-bay-rays sports/baseball/rays Most influential women in Tampa Bay sports: Melanie Lenz, Tampa Bay Rays StaffArticle <p> ST. PETERSBURG — Manager <b>Joe Maddon</b> said LF <b>Carl Crawford</b> probably will return to the lineup today after missing Thursday's game due to a bruised right shoulder. </p> <p> Crawford said his shoulder was feeling better but just a little sore and stiff. He left in the fifth inning Wednesday after his shoulder (which he injured making a diving catch) bothered him during his ensuing at-bat. </p> <p> But it's still wait and see with regard to DH <b>Pat Burrell</b>'s neck stiffness. </p> <p> Burrell is scheduled to receive a cortisone shot today, which Maddon expects will make him unavailable for the next two games. But the Rays hope it will help ameliorate what doctors labeled &quot;inflammation.&quot; Burrell had an MRI exam Wednesday and was examined by team spinal consultant <b>Tom Tolli</b> on Thursday after his neck didn't respond to treatment. </p> <p> &quot;It doesn't look awful,&quot; Maddon said. &quot;The doctors just want to see how he reacts to the shot over the course of the next two days after that.&quot; </p> <p> Burrell, who signed a two-year $16 million deal, is hitting .250 with 17 RBIs and five extra-base hits. He said the injury has affected his mobility. He's missed three straight games. </p> <p> &quot;It got to the point where — not that I couldn't play — but I really need to drive the ball,&quot; Burrell said. &quot;And it just got to the point where it was becoming more and more difficult to do.&quot; </p> <p> NO WORRIES: Maddon said he's not &quot;overly concerned&quot; about closer <b>Troy Percival</b>, who entered with the Rays up 8-2 in the ninth inning Wednesday and gave up two homers (and four runs). Maddon pointed to how Percival is healthy and he hit 93 mph, &quot;which might be the high point for him in a while.&quot; He just didn't have the location. </p> <p> Maddon also noted non-ideal situations, such as going seven days between outings. </p> <p> Right-handers are hitting .176 against Percival, lefties .476. </p> <p> <b>STEPPING UP:</b> Maddon talked during the spring about how important having a long reliever is. That has been especially true this season with Rays starters not going deep into games as often as last year. </p> <p> But RHP <b>Lance Cormier</b> (2.39 ERA) has been a bright spot, saving the bullpen at times. His 261/3 innings are almost as much as fifth starter <b>Jeff Niemann</b> (332/3). </p> <p> &quot;Lance Cormier, probably to this point, is the MVP of this team,&quot; Maddon said. </p> <p> <b>BACK ON TRACK:</b> LHP <b>Scott Kazmir</b> enters tonight's start still working through some mechanical issues. </p> <p> &quot;It's getting there,&quot; he said. &quot;It's something where you just feel comfortable and you don't even have to think about it anymore once everything's fine. </p> <p> &quot;Right now, it seems like I'm tweaking things; where sometimes I'll open up and the ball will come out good, free and easy and other times it feels like I'm kind of working against myself.&quot; </p> <p> <b>REHAB REPORT:</b> Reliever <b>Chad Bradford</b>, on the DL after offseason right elbow surgery, threw in his first extended spring game Wednesday. He said he felt good but is still &quot;several weeks&quot; away from returning. He said he'll likely have three more spring appearances before a possible minor-league rehab assignment. </p> <p> C <b>Shawn Riggans</b> (right shoulder tendinitis) called his recent setback &quot;another bump in the road.&quot; Riggans, likely out until mid June, said it puts him back to where he was when he went on the DL on April 13. He said the setback came when he threw to first base with not the best mechanics. </p> <p> &quot;I know something good is going to come out of it,&quot; Riggans said. &quot;It seems like it's never, ever easy for me, so why should it be this time? Here we are again talking about pretty much the same thing we talk about every year, some sort of injury. But I'm looking forward to getting back to baseball activities, hopefully be out there within a month or so.&quot; </p> <p> <i>Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith @sptimes.com</i> </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:50:23