Evan Longoria Injury: Updates on Rays Star's Foot

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

The Tampa Bay Rays are getting a big boost as Evan Longoria is returning to the lineup after dealing with a foot ailment.  

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2, at 5:10 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The Tampa Bay Rays have big news on Evan Longoria and his return to the lineup.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 2, at 4:12 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times has an update on Evan Longoria's health and possible return.


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UPDATE: Monday, July 1, at 8:21 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

While the severity of Longoria's injury is still not completely clear, it appears as if he'll be back sooner rather than later according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times:


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UPDATE: Monday, July 1, at 4:55 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Evan Longoria gave the media an update on his status and possible return to the lineup, via Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times.

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UPDATE: Sunday, June 30, at 5:05 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Rays manager Joe Maddon gave the media an update on Evan Longoria's status, via Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Topkin followed up, reporting:

Evan Longoria felt so much better Sunday that manager Joe Maddon said putting the third baseman on the disabled list may no longer be a necessary option.

Longoria, who left Friday's game after irritating the plantar fasciitis problem in his right foot, might be available at least to pinch-hit as soon as tonight, and he could return to full duty soon.

'He actually felt pretty good (Sunday),' Maddon said. 'It's kind of encouraging. A lot of the pain was different. It wasn't nearly as severe, so we'll see. We might be able to use him in Houston like we had thought.'

The Rays would seemingly have to decide by midday Tuesday whether to place Longoria on the 15-day DL as they have to make room on the roster to activate LHP David Price. Ryan Roberts was called up Saturday to provide infield depth.

Asked if the disabled list, which could keep Longoria out through the All-Star break, was still an option, Maddon said: 'As of right now I don't think so because he's making some progress. It's possible, but I don't know. He's just feeling better (Sunday).'


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UPDATE: Sunday, June 30, at 2:25 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Nick Williams of the Tampa Tribune has an update from Evan Longoria as he deals with planter fasciitis.

"I've been battling with the plantar stuff for a better part of the month now and it just felt different (Friday)," Longoria said. "It felt like it kind of tightened up going down the line. (I) really don't have a definite prognosis. I know that at least for now, I'm not going on the DL, which is good. I'm pretty optimistic about the way I feel today."

In 2012, Longoria missed 85 games with a partially torn left hamstring, during which time the Rays went 41-44.

"From the beginning of what they've told me, (plantar fasciitis) is something you can play through if you can deal with the pain," Longoria said. "I've been dealing with that for a while now."

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UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 10:48 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

Tampa Bay Times reporter Joe Smith provided an update on Longoria:


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Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reported the news on Twitter:


The loss of Longoria for an extended period of time would be a big blow for the Rays. The three-time All-Star has been the heart of Tampa Bay's lineup this season. He leads the team in home runs (17), RBI (47), on-base percentage (.368) and hits (90). 

According to Smith, Longoria was replaced at third base by Kelly Johnson.


In 219 at-bats this season, the 31-year-old is hitting just .237 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI. He's a career .254 hitter. 

Longoria has already been dealing with injury throughout this season. According to a report from the Associated Press, Longoria has been forced out of third base and into the role of designated hitter with a sore foot in June. 

Should Longoria's injury turn out to be a serious one, it won't be the first time that the Rays' season was impacted by the third baseman's health. He only logged 74 games for the club last season due to a hamstring injury, as Tampa finished 90-72, barely missing out on the playoffs. 

According to Baseball-Reference.com, the Rays won 64 percent of the games that Longoria played in last season, going just 43-45 in the games that he missed. 

The Rays are currently 5-5 in their last 10 games and sit six games out of first place in the American League East with a record of 41-38.

Be sure to return to this page, as we will bring you the latest information on Longoria's status as it becomes available.