ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Tampa Bay placed third baseman Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a left knee sprain.

Huff could be sidelined four to six weeks after he bumped into shortstop Nick Green near the bullpen while chasing a foul popup Tuesday night. Huff’s leg appeared to land in an awkward position before he fell to the ground. He was able to walk off the field.

“There’s nothing you can do about it,” Huff said. “A freak accident. It’s pretty stiff today. It’s tough to be really mobile, move around. This morning was pretty tough.”

Huff underwent X-rays and an MRI Tuesday night.

“It’s disappointing, but at the same time, there are worse things in life” Huff said. “Last night they were thinking maybe I tore something. To wake up this morning and find out it’s just a sprain is great news. You’ve got to look at things in perspective.”

Huff is the third member of Tampa Bay’s starting infield to be hurt this season.

Shortstop Julio Lugo is on the disabled list with an abdominal strain and is expected to be out until at least Apr. 19.

Second baseman Jorge Cantu was out of the lineup for the fifth straight game Wednesday with a bruised left foot. He could be used as a reserve and might be ready to start Thursday.

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