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B.J. Upton could miss first week of season

Updated: March 22, 2009, 3:01 PM ET
Associated Press

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Injured Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton likely will miss the start of the regular season after being hit in the hand by a pitch during a minor league spring training game.

The Rays already were determined to not to rush the center fielder back from offseason surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder. Although the hand injury is not considered serious, manager Joe Maddon said it's doubtful Upton will be ready for opening day April 6.

"It's not a huge issue for ...

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