'I'm worried'

Rob Bradford
August 20, 2008 - 12:45 pm

BALTIMORE -- Julio Lugo couldn't hide his disappointment while sitting in front of his locker before Wednesday night's game. He had been progressing from a severely strained left quadriceps muscle faster than anticipated, and was scheduled to take batting practice with the team in Toronto over the weekend. But then, early Wednesday afternoon while doing sprints at Camden Yards Lugo suffered a setback. After what he classified as "four good" sprints, Lugo pulled up lame on the fifth one, ending the recent momentum he had built during his rehab.  "I tried to push it a little bit, to see where I could go, and I got a pull," said Lugo, clearly dejected. "Same spot. Not good. "I'm worried." Lugo initially suffered the quad injury on July 11 while running out a ninth inning grounder. His primary replacement, rookie Jed Lowrie, entered Wednesday night hitting .314 while not having made an error in 46 games. "Now it's hurt, and it's been hurt before, so now it's more damaged than what it used to be," he said. "It's not to the extent of the first time, but this is going to cause me to wait even longer."