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Evan Longoria’s return doesn’t sound imminent

Jun 28, 2012, 8:41 PM EDT

We haven’t heard much about Evan Longoria since he felt some discomfort in his partially torn left hamstring last week and was pulled off his minor league rehab assignment. But that’s because there’s just not much to report.

Rays manager Joe Maddon broke the silence earlier this evening in some comments to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, but he had little to offer regarding a potential timeline for his star third baseman’s return.

Yikes. Reading between the lines here, it’s fair to say his absence will stretch well into the second half.

Longoria has now been sidelined for almost exactly two months. The Rays are 25-27 during his absence and entered tonight’s action at 40-35 on the year, 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Yankees in the American League East.

  1. randygnyc - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Without Price, the Rays are below .500. IMO, they’ll regress even further over the 2nd half without a few substantial additions to their roster. They need another SP and a power bat, at least.

    • bobdira - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:59 AM

      randygnyc, you’re kidding right? a starting pitcher? That comment is laughable. As long as they have Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Alex Torres they have all the starting pitching they need over the year. The loss of Niemann was unfortuanate and as long as the loss of Hellickson is not long term thier starting pitching will be more than sufficient. You’re looking at the wrong position. This team is unraveling offensively (understandable with the talent level and injuries) and defensively which is just mind boggling. But…STARTING PITCHING is not the issue.

      • mlblogsyossif - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:33 AM

        One thing is wrong with that comment: Alex Torres likely won’t be an effective backup starter for the Rays this season (just look at his numbers in the minors). Besides that, though, you’re totally right.

        Also, the defense has been bad because of the injuries as well. Their injuries have affected their fielding equally as much as their offense.

        -Yossi Feins

    • mlblogsyossif - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:28 AM

      Listen, the reason why the Rays’ record is what it is, is because they’ve suffered many more injuries other than Longoria. Everybody in the lineup besides Zobrist and Pena have spent time on the DL this season, and Matt Joyce (the team’s best hitter other than Longoria) is currently on the DL.

      If everybody’s healthy in the lineup for the second half besides Longoria, there’s no way they regress. When the Rays have regressed this season, they had four of their best hitters out of the lineup: Longoria, Joyce, Jeff Keppinger (leads the team in average by far), and Luke Scott

    • bravojawja - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      I think you’re talking about the wrong team from Tampa. It’s not the Rays who have SP problems right now.

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