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05/03/09 12:45 AM ET

Bay leaves Red Sox game with injury

Left ankle contusion unlikely to sideline outfielder for finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Red Sox left fielder Jason Bay was removed from Saturday's game against the Rays after five innings with a left ankle contusion. After playing defense in the bottom of the fifth, Bay was removed in favor of pinch-hitter Jeff Bailey in the sixth.

Bay sustained the injury when he fouled a ball off the ankle in the second inning. Fortunately for the Red Sox, it is not serious.

In fact, Bay plans on being back in the lineup for Sunday afternoon's finale of the four-game series.

"I fouled a ball off my ankle, really not that bad," Bay said. "I've done it 10 times worse before. It just kind of got me in the right spot, running around on the turf kind of really bothered it. It was more precautionary than anything. It's a contusion, it's not like a hole or anything like that. It got me in the right spot. The turf really didn't help. It's not something to keep me out of the lineup."

The veteran has started all 23 games for the Red Sox this season, hitting .316 with five homers and 20 RBIs.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.