May 1, 2012

Longoria leaves Monday's game [UPDATED]

by Aaron Giddens

[Original story]: Evan Longoria left Monday night's 3-2 extra inning win over the Mariners in the 3rd inning with knee soreness. Joe Maddon said after the game that he will get an MRI tomorrow but for now is day-to-day. Carlos Pena said he's positive about good news tomorrow.

I looked at the video of Longo walking off the field after the point of injury, I saw a very slight limp so it might not be anything serious. The word is that Longo took himself out of the game.

This is has the potential to be a devastating blow to the Rays for this season. We need Longo 100%. I will be praying all night that Evan's MRI is negative for any major damage and is just tweaked and he's back by not this weekend but next weekend in Baltimore.

[UPDATE, 6:31pm Tuesday]: Tampa Bay Times is now reporting that Longo has suffered a partial tear of his left hamstring and will be put on the shelf for 6-8 weeks. Andrew Friedman says that best case scenario is that Longo is healed in 4 weeks and returns after two weeks of rehab.

While this is not the worst case scenario, this is still pretty bad. Hurry back, Longo!

[UPDATE, 6:48pm Tuesday]: 620 WDAE says now on twitter that Longo has been placed on the 15-day DL and that IF Will Rhymes has been recalled from Durham to take his place. Kyle Farnsworth was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL presumably to make room for Rhymes on the 40 man roster.

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