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Casey Blake to have precautionary MRI exam on injured back

Mar 14, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

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Despite manager Don Mattingly telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that he doesn’t expect Casey Blake to miss significant time, the veteran third baseman is scheduled to undergo what the Dodgers are calling a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back.

For now Blake is expected to miss just a few days, but he also struggled through back problems for much of last season, hitting just .214 with a .619 OPS between June and July.

Blake, who left Saturday’s game after suffering the injury while running out a bunt, reported feeling some improvement yesterday.

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