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Burrell tweaks back during practice

Burrell tweaks back during practice

PHILADELPHIA -- Pat Burrell gingerly walked off the field, down the dugout steps and into the Phillies' clubhouse.

This wasn't a good time for that. The Phillies announced on Tuesday afternoon that their starting left fielder felt discomfort in his lower back on a swing during batting practice. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday morning, prior to the 3 p.m. ET start of the National League Division Series between the Phillies and Brewers.

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Burrell batted .250 this season in 157 games, swatting 33 homers and driving in 86 runs. He has also gone 1-for-3 with a homer in three at-bats against Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee's Game 1 starter.

If Burrell can't play, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will play either Matt Stairs or Geoff Jenkins in left field.

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

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