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Evan Longoria expects to avoid the disabled list

Jun 30, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria did not play Saturday and will not be in the starting lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Tigers due to a flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his right foot. But he fully expects to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

“I’ve been battling with the plantar stuff for a better part of the month now,” Longoria told the Tampa Tribune on Saturday night. “I’m pretty optimistic about the way I feel today. … From the beginning of what they’ve told me, (plantar fasciitis) is something you can play through if you can deal with the pain.”

Kelly Johnson handled the hot corner on Saturday.

Longoria, 27, is batting .298/.367/.550 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI in 80 games played this season and the Rays are 42-39 — six games back of the Red Sox in the ever-tough American League East.

  1. cocheese000 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Is it me or is this dude always hurt

    • raysfan1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      It’s you. He’s missed one game all year.

      • ezthinking - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:57 PM

        He’s probably remembering the last couple seasons. It felt like that to me too until I looked up his stats. Maybe if he didn’t play half his games in the basement of a warehouse people would appreciate him more.

      • raysfan1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        Played in 133 games in 2011. It was only last year that he had serious injury issues.

      • ezthinking - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        raysfan1 – no shit Chet.

        That’s why I said, “It felt like that to me too until I looked up his stats.”

  2. eaglesbar - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    his not that good yall

    • raysfan1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Career OPS of 139, WAR of 34.8 in 6 seasons. He is (sic) that good, y’all (sic), unless your threshold of “that good” is Mike Schmidt or something.

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