With the baseball playoffs looming, Evan Longoria was out of the lineup for the sixth straight game on Wednesday. Tampa Bay Rays fans have to be nervous about going into the most important part of their season without their star player. (Nevermind, scratch that. Tampa Bay Rays fans suck.)
Longoria is dealing with a strained left quadriceps. The good news he was able to take batting practice recently and is starting to do more exercise drills.
“He’s doing pretty good,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon. “He felt good at the plate, too.”
Since the Rays have already clinched their berth in the playoffs, expect the team to take its time with Longoria. The 24-year-old third baseman is hitting .294 with 22 homers and 104 RBIs on the season.
As it stands, the Rays have a half-game lead in the AL East over the New York Yankees. Depending on whether Tampa Bay wins the division, the Rays will either face the Texas Rangers or Minnesota Twins in the playoffs.