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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Casey Blake's back still 'pretty sore'

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake isn't expected to miss much time after leaving in the middle of the first inning of Saturday's Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants with what was thought to be lower-back tightness.

"We don't think it's going to be more than a couple of days," Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said after Blake was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins Jr., who determined that the injury was more toward Blake's ribs than his lower back.

However, Blake said Sunday morning that he still felt considerable discomfort.

"All I'm doing is really icing it," he said. "I was pretty sore last night, and I had some trouble sleeping. ... I guess I don't know enough about it to know whether it's serious or not. I know I am pretty sore right now, but with treatment, that soreness can go away pretty soon. I think they were pretty relieved that it's where it is, [because] that can go away in a day or two rather than if it were a pulled muscle or something like that. But we don't know exactly what it is."

Blake left the game after laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the first inning. He ran hard up the first-base line and was called out on a close play. It was when he then turned to return to the dugout that he felt something in his back.

"Especially with the split squads [Saturday and Sunday], we're pretty thin right now," Blake said. "I was going to play three or four days in a row, and I was kind of looking forward to that. But what are you going to do?"

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.