Evan Longoria was expected to be a top three third baseman this season. Most leagues saw him drafted by the second round. After two games in April, he was shelved with an oblique strain and has yet to gain any form.
As of week 13, he has had only one really big week of production. (week 12)
Yesterday, after going 0-4, Longo finally admitted to being more banged up than he was letting on. Apparently, a nerve injury in his foot has been hindering him.
“Every once in a while I take a bad swing and it just acts up. At this point I’ve gotten used to it. It’s something I’m going to battle through and it’s not going to affect playing time.”
The Rays hope that the weekend off will help their ailing third baseman in the second half, but one has to wonder how long it will be before owners begin looking into alternatives.
Since June 1, Longo is sporting a .221 batting average and .281 on-base percentage. Monitor him closely.