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Ribs, not back, source of Blake's discomfort

Ribs, not back, source of Blake's discomfort

Ribs, not back, source of Blake's discomfort
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Casey Blake was examined Sunday by Dr. Robert Watkins Jr., who concurred that the injury the veteran infielder suffered Saturday was to the back of his ribcage and not the lower lumbar area nearer the spine. Blake remains day to day.

The 37-year-old third baseman was injured trying to leg out a well-placed sacrifice bunt in the first inning. Blake missed four games last year with lower back pain, but he said this is in a different place, reaching for the lower right side of his back.

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"This is more on the ribs," Blake said before seeing the back specialist. "I don't know enough about it to know whether it's serious or not. We'll know pretty soon. We'll treat it and it can go away. They [team trainers] were relieved where it was, but they don't know exactly what it is."
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Blake again said he was disappointed that he would miss games because he needs the at-bats. And with four split-squad games in two days, the rosters are thin. He also said he needs to adjust his warm-up routine because of the unique scheduling in the spring.

"You warm up at 9:30 in the morning for a workout, then sit in a car [on the road], go back out and warm up -- it's not a real conducive atmosphere for staying healthy," he said. "I just need to do a better job hydrating and warm up better."

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

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