Tampa Bay Devil Rays third baseman Aubrey Huff (knee) knew something was wrong when he fell awkwardly after bumping into shortstop Nick Green in pursuit of a foul popup; luckily it wasn't as serious as it could have been as he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.
Huff, who was off to a miserable start with a .182 average, will miss four to six weeks due to the injury. Third baseman Sean Burroughs (back) is close to going on a minor league rehab assignment, but the team needs him now with shortstop Julio Lugo already on the disabled list and second baseman Jorge Cantu battling a foot injury.
For now, it looks like Ty Wigginton and Russell Branyan appear to be the best options at third base for the Devil Rays. The team could call up shortstop B.J. Upton, but he's hitting just .200 with one RBI at Triple-A Durham. However, he's walked six times and has six steals, which is encouraging. Manager Joe Maddon has made it clear that he doesn't want to call up players until they are ready, and he doesn't feel Upton is ready. So look for the team to go the makeshift route.
To aid your fantasy team, Atlanta Braves third baseman Wilson Betemit has taken over for Chipper Jones after his freakish knee and ankle injuries. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller has started the season strong with a .464 average, two homers and eight RBI. A pair of Cleveland Indians with third base eligibility is off to hot starts as well with Aaron Boone hitting .333 with a homer and six RBI and Casey Blake with a .375 average, one homer and six RBI. These players are decent temporary replacements, so go grab one of them off waivers and hold on to Huff until he returns.
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