Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Friedman on Longo’s injury: Wait and see what doctors say today
Posted May 1, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman did not want to speculate on 3B Evan Longoria’s left hamstring/knee injury until team doctors exam Longoria this afternoon.
Friedman said Longoria has not yet gone for an MRI.
“We’ll see how he feels today and go from there,” Friedman said.
Longoria suffered the injury sliding into second base during Monday’s 3-2, 12-inning win against the Mariners.
Longoria will not play tonight and Friedman said he is not sure when the three-time All-Star will return or if he will end up on the disabled list.
“I don’t know. I’ve been so wrong with these so many times where I felt positive and it was negative, where I felt negative and it was positive, so I’ve learned to let the doctors do their job and see how he feels,” Friedman said. “He’s been a very good healer over time. He’s come back from things a little faster than we’ve anticipated in the past, so that factors in as well, but we’ll see what happens.”
Friedman said the Rays can play shorthanded if Longoria needs less than a week to get back on the field.
Elliot Johnson, who replaced Longoria at third base Monday, could find himself there in the short-term. If Longoria does end up on the DL, the Rays could call-up Reid Brignac or Will Rhymes.