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Evan Longoria exits with left knee soreness

Apr 30, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

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It might be time for this All-Star to stop fancying himself a basestealer.

Evan Longoria left Monday’s game in the third inning with a sore left knee following an awkward slide into second base on a steal attempt. He was caught stealing on the play, leaving him just 2-for-5 in his steal attempts this season.

A Longoria injury would be very costly to the Rays. Light-hitting Elliot Johnson, a career .187 batter in 198 at-bats, replaced him in tonight’s game. Should Longoria land on the DL, it’s likely that Reid Brignac would be called up to play shortstop, with Sean Rodriguez sliding over to third.

  1. gotampabay52 - Apr 30, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Not now, not ever we need Evan to be healthy always

  2. randygnyc - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    It looked like something “gave” the second BEFORE the slide. The knee wobbled. Hope his ok. Fierce competitor and a good guy to young fans.

    • hittfamily - May 1, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      I saw the same thing you saw. He didn’t seem to be running full speed when he got to the bag. He slid in, caught the bag with his back foot, put his front foot down, and it happened to be on the SS foot. The SS pulled away, carrying Longo’s foot with it, and “tweaking” his knee. He grabbed the back of his knee, and without being an arthroscopic surgeon, I’d guess strain. I think and hope it is day to day, because without him, the Rays are in trouble. I saw something the other day that said from August til now, Evan lead MLB in either HR, OPS, or Slugging, and I don’t remember where the link was.

      This is why Zobrist is so valuable. His numbers don’t tell the entire story. He has played right field a lot this year, but he could be St Pete’s 3b if Longo goes down. Matsui goes to right, platoons with Joyce, and your right field has a.900 OPS with good bats on the bench. Tampa Bay is in incredible position. McGee looks like a closer, and Davis is killing it out of the pen. Perhaps it’s time to cash in that Wade Davis chip. 1.86 era out of the pen through 10.1 innings.

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