Rays DH Burrell, SS Bartlett near return

Updated: June 10, 2009, 6:50 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Injured Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Pat Burrell could rejoin the team this weekend and shortstop Jason Bartlett may be back early next week.

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Burrell, out since May 11 with a neck strain, worked out before Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. He will join Single-A Charlotte on Thursday after playing Monday and Tuesday for Double-A Montgomery.

Bartlett, placed on the 15-day disabled list May 26 due to a sprained left ankle, ran the bases on Wednesday. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said Bartlett could play in a minor league game by this weekend.

Scott Kazmir, on the DL with a strained right quadricpes and is also refining his mechanics, is scheduled to pitch in a three-inning simulated game Friday.


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