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Evan Longoria scratched Sunday with flu-like symptoms

Sep 22, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT

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Untimely development here for the Rays, who have a half-game hold on the top spot in the crowded and ever-changing American League Wild Card race.

Evan Longoria has been scratched from the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Orioles due to flu-like symptoms, as first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin says Longoria “hasn’t been feeling well for a few days,” which hopefully means that he is about done battling this illness.

Kelly Johnson will start at third place in his place.

Longoria, 27, is hitting .263/.340/.485 with 29 home runs, 36 doubles and 77 RBI in 152 games this season for the Rays.

  1. kruegere - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Best thing about his stat line = 152 games.

    • indaburg - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Agreed. It’s been great to not have him on the DL this year. Other than some minor plantar fascitis issues, he’s been healthy. He ended up playing late in the game too, so he must have felt better.

  2. raysfan1 - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Glad he was well enough to sub in late. Hopefully they can pull out the brooms on the O’s tomorrow.

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