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.
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.Less