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Barnes says back tightness shouldn't be concern

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BALTIMORE -- Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes left Wednesday's game with lower back tightness, but said he doesn't expect to miss much time. He said he felt his back tighten up during his last at-bat of the 11-0 win over the Orioles.

"I didn't want to push it," Barnes said. "I should be fine. I didn't want it to get any worse."

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BALTIMORE -- Astros outfielder Brandon Barnes left Wednesday's game with lower back tightness, but said he doesn't expect to miss much time. He said he felt his back tighten up during his last at-bat of the 11-0 win over the Orioles.

"I didn't want to push it," Barnes said. "I should be fine. I didn't want it to get any worse."

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Meanwhile, Astros relief pitcher Travis Blackley was sporting a black left eye which was the result of being struck by a ball during batting practice. Blackley walked off the field under his own power for further tests and was available to pitch Wednesday.

"I was glad I didn't have a concussion," Blackley said. "It really didn't hurt. It looks worse than it is. Unfortunately, it had to happen and I'll have a good black eye for a bit."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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