Burrell, Crawford likely to dodge DL

Burrell, Crawford likely to dodge DL

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays designated hitter Pat Burrell and outfielder Carl Crawford were both nursing injuries Thursday night and neither was in the lineup against the Indians. Both were available and neither appears destined for the disabled list.

Burrell did not start for the third consecutive game as he's been suffering from a stiff neck.

"Pat, we're still calling it day-to-day, but [Friday] he's going to have to get an injection, which will keep him from playing the following two days after that," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm not exactly sure what it is. I just know it's based on what's going on in his neck."

Maddon said team doctors are still calling Burrell's neck malady "inflammation."

"The doctors just want to see how he reacts to this shot," Maddon said. "Over the course of the next two days after that, they'll have a better idea about how to read that Sunday. At that point we'll evaluate it a little bit further."

Crawford had to leave Wednesday night's game against the Orioles after making a diving catch that caused him to bruise his right shoulder.

"It just feels like a couple-of-days type thing," Crawford said. "I'm day-to-day. It doesn't feel like it's going to take a long time to come back."

Maddon said he hoped Crawford would be back in the lineup by Friday night.

Also injured were Shawn Riggans, Chad Bradford, and Fernando Perez, who were all in the clubhouse Thursday.

Riggans (right shoulder tendinitis) irritated his shoulder during a rehab assignment at Double-A Montgomery. After visiting Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, Riggans is expected to mostly rest to try to ease the inflammation.

Bradford (right elbow surgery) began the season on the DL but has begun throwing in extended Spring Training games. He said he has not had any setbacks and seemed encouraged by his progress.

Meanwhile, Perez (left wrist surgery) recently had his cast removed.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.