Monday, June 18, 2018
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Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton targeting return by mid-April

Tampa Bay Rays centerfielder B.J. Upton said he is making good progress in his recovery from back soreness and is targeting a return during the April 10-19 road trip to Detroit, Boston and Toronto.

"That's what we're shooting for,'' Upton said this morning.

Upton said he ran and threw on Sunday and felt good today, a change from earlier in his recovery when he would be sore the next day.

"That's a good sign,'' he said.

Upton planned to hit in the cage today and continue to accelerate his workouts.

However, he has played only part of one minor-league game since being hurt in the March 14 collision with Desmond Jennings, and the Rays are going to want him to get at-bats and see live pitching before he can return.

Upton said he will move with the team back to St. Petersburg on Tuesday and go on the roadtrip, hoping to make a few minor-league rehab appearances and then rejoin the lineup.

"I wanted to be back for opening day and I think everybody as a hole was trying to get me ready for opening day, and that may have not necessarily been the thing to do in this situation,'' Upton said. "So I'm glad we just let it rest and it's getting better. That's all we can ask for right now.''

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