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Hechavarria out vs. Braves, but avoids DL

Rays shortstop sustained a left eye contusion Tuesday
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ST. PETERSBURG -- Adeiny Hechavarria was out of the Rays' lineup on Wednesday against the Braves after sustaining a left eye contusion during Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to Atlanta.

Hechavarria was injured on a strange play Tuesday, where a ball hit the speaker on the Tropicana Field catwalk before landing in foul territory and hitting the Rays' infielder in the eye on a bounce. Hechavarria was forced to leave Tuesday's game in the eighth inning and was listed as day to day.

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ST. PETERSBURG -- Adeiny Hechavarria was out of the Rays' lineup on Wednesday against the Braves after sustaining a left eye contusion during Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to Atlanta.

Hechavarria was injured on a strange play Tuesday, where a ball hit the speaker on the Tropicana Field catwalk before landing in foul territory and hitting the Rays' infielder in the eye on a bounce. Hechavarria was forced to leave Tuesday's game in the eighth inning and was listed as day to day.

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Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Hechavarria woke up sore, but the infielder will avoid a stint on the disabled list and is available for Wednesday's game in an emergency situation.

"I have not seen him, but all good. He's fine," Cash said. "A little banged up, a little sore. He's obviously not in the lineup, but he'll be there in emergency situations."

With Hechavarria out on Wednesday, Daniel Robertson started at shortstop, while Joey Wendle was in the lineup at second base.

Video: ATL@TB: Hechavarria and Snell discuss loss to Braves

Honorary bat girl

The Rays selected Willie Mae Footman of Tallahassee, Fla., as the team's honorary bat girl in support of the annual "Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative, which is traditionally commemorated each Mother's Day.

Not only is Footman the grandmother to Rays outfielder Mallex Smith, she is also a favorite among the kids in her community. After more than 30 years, she retired from Leon County schools, the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department and Girl Scouts of America. Throughout the years, her hard work has shined while balancing all three of these jobs at once.

For the first time since the honorary bat girl program's start in 2009, clubs had the opportunity to hand select their respective honorees, each of whom have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to battling breast cancer.

Each honorary bat girl will represent their MLB club, receive pink MLB merchandise and be recognized during their club's pregame ceremonies on Mother's Day. Teams, such as the Rays, who will be on the road on Mothers Day will select another home game to recognize their honorary bat girl.

Louisville Slugger will donate proceeds from the sale of their pink bats, which will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo, to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer. And MLB will again donate its licensed uniform royalties from Mother's Day apparel to Susan G. Komen and Stand Up To Cancer.

Worth noting:

• In an attempt to be on the winning end of one-run games, the Rays' pitchers and infielders spent some time on the field working on fundamentals before Wednesday's game against the Braves. The Rays endured their 12th one-run defeat of the season on Tuesday, and their fourth in the month of May.

"Part of the reason we're here doing some of the little things and doing fundamentals is because those impact one-run ballgames," Cash said. "We have to execute at the plate also when we have opportunities, and we have to execute when we're on the mound.

"But the more we can practice in theory, we'll be better for it and kind of change that around to where we're finding ways to win tighter ballgames."

Video: ATL@TB: Cash on Snell's start, Hechavarria's injury

Juan Toribio is a reporter for MLB.com.

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