With strained left quad, Devil Rays shut down Upton

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays placed
second baseman B.J. Upton on the 15-day disabled list because of a
strained left quadriceps Wednesday and recalled outfielder Jonny
Gomes from Triple-A Durham.

B.J. Upton


Second Base
Tampa Bay Devil Rays


Upton hasn't played since he was hurt last Friday while running
to first. The Devil Rays hope Upton will be ready to rejoin the
team around June 23.

"It's been getting better every day," Upton said after the
Devil Rays lost 9-0 to the San Diego Padres. "Take a week or so
off and see how it feels."

Upton is hitting .320 with nine homers and 30 RBIs. An exam
Wednesday showed more inflammation than the team anticipated,
prompting the DL move.

"The MRI revealed that he needed a little bit of rest," Tampa
Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "We're just concerned about the long
haul, pushing him right now. It just wasn't necessary. We thought
it was better to shut him down for right now."

Gomes hit .184, including 18 strikeouts in 49 at-bats, before
being optioned to Durham on May 28. He appeared in 13 games with
Durham, hitting .302 with one homer and seven RBIs.