Refresh  
  Page last updated on Tue Mar 28 17:39:59 EDT 2017
TOP NEWS
EVAN LONGORIA INJURED TORN HAMSTRING
Tue, 08 May 2012 12:38 AM EDT

Evan Longoria took a right turn out of the Tampa Bay clubhouse and walked 1 or 2 feet before stepping in front of a group of journalists huddled around a lineup board that will not list his name for the following 4 to 8 weeks. Baseball spreads

The 3-time All-Star was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partly torn left hamstring. Replacing his bat and glove won’t be easy.

Yet the Rays are assured they are going to be OK without their best player, who’s hitting .329 with 4 homers and 19 RBIs.

“I’ve been in similar situations before and it’s only one of those things where I’ll stay positive,” the 3rd baseman said. “It’s going to be tough to watch, but I can’t actually worry about it at the moment. I’ve just got to worry about getting healthy.”

The Rays have ability for finding somebody to step up when star players are struggling or hurt. That’s one reason they’re assured they can resist Longoria’s absence.

“We’re still a fairly good team. We are going to have to be that much better defensively, that much better with our execution on the basepaths,” executive VP of baseball operations Andrew Friedman claimed.

“Our pitching’s going to be very good. We’re going to score runs,” he added.

“So it’s one of those things where it’s absolutely not perfect, but we do have plenty of talent around him that should still allow us to win plenty of games.”

The Rays have made the playoffs 3 of the past 4 seasons, including 2008 when they won the AL East and made an unlikely run to the World Series. That year, just about every starter spent time on the disabled list, including Longoria.

Tampa Bay lost the slugger for 26 games early last year and recovered from a slow beginning to rally from a 9-game deficiency in September to win the AL wild card on Longoria’s game-ending homer on the final night of the regular season.

“I don’t have any doubts,” that teammates will step up and help the Rays continue a robust start, Longoria said.

“We’ve been down this road before,” executive Joe Maddon announced.

“There’s no crying in baseball. … You just try and make the best choices after and move on. But you can not worry about it. You don’t talk about it negatively because that will bring you down.”

“It’s unclear yet how much time he’ll miss. It’s going to be a minimum of 4 weeks. Somewhere in the 4 to 8 (range), dependent on how he replies and how treatment goes,” Friedman related.

“He’s always been a pretty good healer. He’s had some hamstring issues in the past and has come back from them pretty swiftly relatively speaking, so we are not going to put a firm timeline on it.”

Longoria was sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle most of the opening month a year ago. He had a robust 2nd half, finishing with 31 homers and 99 RBIs.

He helped the Rays to a 15-8 record in April — the 2nd-best opening month in organization history — and thought he had left his problems with injuries behind him.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASKETBALL 3/7/2017 - 4/12/2017
HOCKEY 3/7/2017 - 4/9/2017
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Georgia Tech
2
Tcu
3
Georgia Tech
4
Central Florida
5
Golden State Warriors
03/28/2017
ATP - Miami, USA, DoublesMONROE N / SOCK J vs. DODIG I / GRANOLLERS M1:45 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USAWAWRINKA, S vs. ZVEREV, A2:00 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USAFEDERER, R vs. BAUTISTA-AGUT, R2:35 PM PST
NBAMinnesota Timberwolves at Indiana Pacers4:00 PM PST
NBAMilwaukee Bucks at Charlotte Hornets4:00 PM PST
College BasketballCS Bakersfield vs Georgia Tech4:00 PM PST
NBAPhoenix Suns at Atlanta Hawks4:30 PM PST
NBAMiami Heat at Detroit Pistons4:30 PM PST
NBAPhiladelphia 76ers at Brooklyn Nets4:30 PM PST
WTA - Miami, USAWOZNIACKI, C vs. SAFAROVA, L4:30 PM PST
NBAGolden State Warriors at Houston Rockets5:00 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USAKYRGIOS, N vs. GOFFIN, D6:00 PM PST
College BasketballTCU vs Central Florida6:30 PM PST
NBADenver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers7:00 PM PST
NBAWashington Wizards at Los Angeles Lakers7:30 PM PST
03/29/2017
NBAOklahoma City Thunder at Orlando Magic4:00 PM PST
NBAAtlanta Hawks at Philadelphia 76ers4:00 PM PST
NBACharlotte Hornets at Toronto Raptors4:30 PM PST
NBAMiami Heat at New York Knicks4:30 PM PST
NBAMilwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics4:30 PM PST
NBADallas Mavericks at New Orleans Pelicans5:00 PM PST
NBAIndiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies5:00 PM PST
NBAGolden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs6:30 PM PST
NBAUtah Jazz at Sacramento Kings7:30 PM PST
NBAWashington Wizards at Los Angeles Clippers7:30 PM PST
04/01/2017
College BasketballSouth Carolina vs Gonzaga3:05 PM PST
College BasketballOregon vs North Carolina5:45 PM PST
04/25/2017
Germany BBLEWE BASKETS OLDENBURG at SCIENCE CITY JENA10:00 AM PST

x