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Evan Longoria exits early with foot injury

Jun 28, 2013, 8:55 PM EST

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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was taken out before the start of the top of the third inning of tonight’s game against the Tigers. The Tampa Bay Times reports Longoria re-aggravated the plantar fasciitis in his right foot. He will be reevaluated tomorrow. Kelly Johnson replaced him at the hot corner.

Longoria missed more than three months last year due to a strained left hamstring, so another injury is the last thing the Rays want to hear right now, especially with the season he is having. The 27-year-old has a .920 OPS and racked up 3.6 WAR already, the sixth-most in the American League, per Baseball Reference.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Evan wasn’t the only one to leave early, Josh Johnson had a stellar game tonight by going

    3.1 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned and it only took him 90 pitches to do all of that!! What a bargin he has turned out to be!!

    • hittfamily - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      I thought he was an ace. It turns out, he won’t even net them a draft pick.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        He was an ace in the NL and about 12 arm injuries ago

  2. hittfamily - Jun 28, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Fangraphs says Longo has been the second best player in all of baseball. In Mississippi, you are accused of witchery if you are as good defensively as this guy. This is going to really hurt an offense that has to carry a really weak pitching staff.

    Price, Cobb, and Niemann are hurt. Shields is traded. Hellickson has an ERA over 5. Moore walks a dozen guys every game, strikes out a dozen guys every game, thus throwing 110 pitches over 5+ innings every game. The Rays unlimited supply of pitching prospects is starting to feel pretty limited.

    Hey, it turns out this Myers kid is pretty good. He hit his 3rd home run of the year, which was a freaking laser to left. KC can’t be too disappointed in trading him though. They did get Wade Davis and PTBNL Ellioty Johnson (yes, Ned has referred to him as Ellioty). Also, Jeff Francoeur is having a better year than Myers. Both guys are hitting over .200. Both guys have OPS’ above .500. Both guys have 3 homers. But, Frenchy has 25% more RBIs. Dayton has been cleared of any overevaluation of a .500 club, because the non sabre types, like Dayton, see that Frenchy is having a better year. French Dip either leads Wil or is tied in runs, RBI, and HR. Count em if you don’t believe me.

    Besides. Myers can’t even bunt!

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Yeah, it’s been a rough season injury wise. At this point we’ve just got to hope that Price will come back and dominate and that Hellickson will continue to turn things around….and also that Longoria isn’t out long, and that one of the rookies steps up, etc.

      In other words, it’s gonna take a lot of good luck to overcome all the bad luck. Fortunately, we have a front office that doesn’t panic in bad situations, so even as frustrating as it is to see the season hanging by a thread at this point, it’s good to know we won’t make any desperation moves that will hurt the team going forward. Just gotta stay patient and hope that one season we can break through – the life of rooting for a small market team.

      • hittfamily - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        Sam Fuld and Luke Scott have to go. Brandon Guyer is a very capable defensive replacement/backup CF, but can hit a ton better than Fuld. He has plenty of speed, with 15 sb this year, so he could take Fuld’s place as a pinch runner. Guyer is rotting away in AAA putting up consecutive wRC+ of 149, 131, and 121 respectively.

        Luke just flat out sucks at this point in his career. If Longo ends up on the DL, keep Scott around. If not, Scott is out of here. DFA him, and Longo becomes the fulltime DH. Zobrist is the new 3rd baseman. Rodriguez and Johnson platoon at 2nd. Many problems solved.

        Also, how has Torres not earned a spot start instead of constantly shuffling Colome, Archer, and Odorizzi back and forth between AAA and the MLB starting rotation. He has always been a starter, and has dominated this year. 12k per 9 ip. 2.5bb per 9 ip. 1 run in 21 innings. What’s he gotta do?

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      honestly nobody cares about tampa, just look at the attendance numbers. They don’t lie, please just disappear, don’t mean to be rude, just being honest.

      • Rockie D. Bull - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        The Rays won’t be disappearing from the Trop through 2027. Until then, there will be zero rain outs and every game scheduled there will be played on time (unless the lights go out). The air conditioning on sweltering nights like Friday made watching the game comfortable for all that did attend. If the Rays fans over in Tampa would attend the games like the Lakeland Tiger fans did last night, attendance would improve. But that won’t happen as long as they continue to be afflicted with severe cases of “bridge-crossingitis”.

      • florida727 - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Tampa will never be a good sports town. I’ve lived here for 18+ years and you’ll always get your “bandwagoners” that’ll attend games when the Lightning or Bucs or Rays are doing well, but you’ll never have a consistency of attendance because it’s a transient area. There are more Red Sox and Yankees fans here than native Floridians, so they’ll attend when their favorite team comes to town, but the rest of the time, they don’t care. Combine that with the high price of attending professional games these days, and you’ve got a bad combination to deal with as an owner. That’s why there’s always been, and always will be, threats to move the franchise if the owner(s) don’t get “x” concession or tax break.

  3. yahmule - Jun 28, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    “….and also that Longoria isn’t out long…”

    Standard conversion rate with Longo is quadruple the usual recovery time.

  4. florida727 - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Stats tell a good story but a part of being successful in sports is the ability to compete every day. Longo is, unfortunately, going to get labeled as “injury prone” if he spends too much more time on the DL. Fun guy to watch play, but if he can’t play every day, he’s going to be viewed as more of a distraction than a superstar. Hope this doesn’t linger. The Rays need him.

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