Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria Heads To the DL

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIApril 5, 2011

An already suspect Tampa Bay Rays offense just got even more suspect over the weekend.

It was bad enough that the Baltimore Orioles ran through the Rays like a hot knife through butter during the three-game sweep, but then the Rays lost Evan Longoria for at least 15 days

Longoria was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique.

The injury is expected to sideline Longoria for at least three weeks. The odds are that he's probably done for the month of April.

So where do the Rays go from here and how do they replace him?

The answer to that question is simple—they can’t.

Sean Rodriguez will move over to third, Ben Zobrist will move over to second and Matt Joyce will move into a full-time role in right.

The Rays offense was looking mediocre even with Longoria in the lineup. Without him, it looks naked. The team are really going to need Manny Ramirez and Ben Zobrist to step up.

Felipe Lopez will replace Longoria on the 40-man roster.

I can’t wait to insert Chris Johnson into my fantasy lineup to replace Longoria. Fantastic.

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