Adrian Gonzalez was just trying to be a good guy, but after bending over to pick up a small child Friday, his back locked up.

The first baseman missed his second game last night when the Red Sox continued their series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, and he will likely miss today's contest as well. For someone used to playing nearly every day, the layoff constitutes a stint on the disabled list for Gonzalez.

And the team's crowded disabled list is what Gonzalez is trying to avoid.

"I told (manager) Bobby (Valentine on Friday) I could play but he didn't want me to push it and be another guy on the DL, so they're being cautious with me, so are the trainers," Gonzalez said yesterday before the Sox dropped a 5-3 decision. "I feel better today. There's still tightness there. If I need to, I can go out there but I don't want to push it and aggravate it."

Gonzalez checked the malady out with teammates and sounded reassured it was nothing serious.

"I'm not (concerned), I'm not at all, I talked to a bunch of the guys and every single guy that this has happened to said this is one, two, three days, spasms and then they go away, your muscles relax and you're back to normal," he said.

The Sox will proceed with caution.

"He's going to try to take it real slow today and do nothing, whereas (Friday) he took batting practice and later in the day it caused him problems," Valentine said. "So we're hoping doing nothing will get him back quicker."

Valentine said he did not believe any specific tests had been conducted or ordered.