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Rays hope designated hitter duties will keep Evan Longoria in the lineup with foot injury

Jul 4, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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In an effort to keep Evan Longoria in the lineup and off the disabled list after aggravating the plantar fasciitis in his right foot the Rays will use the third baseman at designated hitter.

Longoria missed three games with a tear in his foot, returning Tuesday at DH, and told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune:

If I can be in the lineup and be effective offensively, then that’s, obviously, more important than trying to do two things at once and not being able to do either one of them effectively. I’m happy at where I’m at considering the circumstances. Happy that I’m at least able to be in the lineup. We’ll take it day-by-day as far as where we are playing the field.

Not exactly encouraging words, although he’s certainly right that Longoria at DH is better than Longoria on the DL. Kelly Johnson and Ryan Roberts figure to split time at third base and using Longoria at DH means less playing time for Luke Scott.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Now why would Joe Maddon want Evan Longoria’s foot injury to keep?

  2. yahmule - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Given his history, this seems like a huge mistake. They should sit him through the ASB.

  3. connormyboy - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Should just drop Scott and bring somebody else up.

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