Crawford likely to miss Friday's game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays All-Star left fielder Carl Crawford left Thursday's game against San Diego because of a sore left shoulder and could be out of the lineup for a couple days.

"I don't think it's anything long term," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after a 5-3 victory over the Padres. "He probably will not play [Friday]. I don't know about his availability."

Crawford grounded out in the first inning Thursday and left one inning later. He hurt the shoulder making a throw to the plate Wednesday.

"Right now my shoulder is a little sore," Crawford said after Thursday's game. "We just want to treat it and try to get it well. I tried to get it loose and get ready for the game, but it was one of those things it wasn't feeling better so I just came out."

The AL player of the week for the period that ended June 20 has nine hits in his last 20 at-bats. Crawford is among the leaders in the majors this season with 26 stolen bases.

"It's very frustrating because I don't like to miss games," Crawford said. "It shouldn't be anything major, I hope."

Also, Tampa Bay optioned catcher Dioner Navarro to Triple-A Durham and recalled outfielder Matt Joyce from the International League club.

The Rays had been carrying three catchers.

"Having the three catchers has been a wonderful luxury," Maddon said. "Especially with what's going on with Carl right now, we had to bolster the outfield a bit."

Joyce, who hit .293 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 25 games with Durham, will start Friday against Arizona. He began the season on the disabled list with a strained right elbow.