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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Longo to the DL, could miss 6 to 8 weeks
Posted May 1, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 1, 2012 at 06:04 PM
ST. PETERSBURG 3B Evan Longoria has a partial tear in his left hamstring and will miss anywhere from four to eight weeks.
“Going into the tests I tried to be as optimistic as I can,” Longoria said. “They’ve put times tables on it, but I don’t know what the time table is. They say six-to-eight weeks, but I’ve come back from stuff quicker. Just stick to the regiment that (head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield) and the guys have me on. They’re the best in the game.”
Longoria said he felt something grab in his hamstring as he was running to second base during the third inning of Monday’s win against the Seattle Mariners. He slid into the base to break up a double play, but said the slide had nothing to do with the injury.
“It’s just one of those things. I can look in the mirror and say I’ve done everything I can do to prevent these kinds of things, but my hamstrings won’t cooperate with me some times,” Longoria said. “I have to stay positive. I hope it would be behind me, but at this point, we’re sitting dealing with the same issues. I hope to be back out there soon.”
Rays executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman said he will make a corresponding move later today with Durham Bulls infielder Will Rhymes the likely choice to replace Longoria on the roster.
Elliot Johnson, who replaced Longoria at third Monday and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning, is playing third tonight.
This is the third time since Longoria’s rookie season in 2008 that he was placed on the disabled list. He missed 30 games in 2008 with a fractured wrist and 26 games last season with a strained oblique. The Rays were 16-11 with Longoria on the DL in 2008 and 15-11 in 2011.
“I have no doubts the team is going to be OK,” Longoria said. “I’ve been on both sides, so I don’t have any doubts about their willpower, about their ability to step up and I definitely don’t think they’re going to fold up the tent. We got a long way to go and we got a really good thing going right now, we’re playing real good baseball, so we’ll try to keep the momentum going.”