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04/28/09 8:30 PM ET

Burrell held out with stiff neck

Rays slugger likely to return to lineup on Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS -- The first version of Tuesday's Rays lineup included Pat Burrell's name. The second did not.

Burrell was a late scratch because of neck stiffness. Willy Aybar was inserted into the lineup, batting fifth as the designated hitter, in Burrell's absence.

"I would rather use [Burrell] later in the game as opposed to beginning the game, where I would have to take him out if it remains that way," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "So we'll just continue to treat him. I would rather do it this way so he would be able to pinch-hit."

Burrell, who has started 18 games at designated hitter this year, should be back in the lineup on Wednesday, according to Maddon.

Thor Nystrom is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.