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Evan Longoria back in Rays’ starting lineup Tuesday night after flareup of plantar fasciitis

Jul 2, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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As first reported by beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Evan Longoria is back in the Rays’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros after sitting out all weekend following a flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Longoria is batting cleanup and will serve as the Rays’ designated hitter rather than playing third base. That’s mostly just a precautionary measure.

Longo has posted a .917 OPS and tallied 17 home runs and 47 RBI in 80 games this season. He may need random days off down the stretch to protect his right foot, but it’s not an ailment that should require many extended absences.

  1. contraryguy - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Good news for Longo, but I just came for the Don Zimmer crowd pic.

  2. stex52 - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Sez you, Drew! Plantar fascitis hurts like hell. A day here and there is not going to do it much good. Longoria will just be playing through pain until he can be off of the foot for an extended period. Good luck to him.

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