Marc Topkin tweeted a while back that Evan Longoria was going to be out 6-8 weeks with his hamstring injury that he suffered sliding into second base last night. We were all in a state of denial, hoping he was wrong, but it turns out that he was just about right as Longoria will miss 4-8 weeks. As we talked about earlier, the Rays are lucky enough to have a versatile roster that makes the loss of Longoria easier to handle, and we know that their pitching alone wins them games. Longoria’s productive will not be completely compensated for, but the Rays have a talented group of players and the ability to keep winning games in Longo’s absence. That begins tonight in the second game of their series versus the Mariners.
The Longoria news deserves its own article. But in an effort to not flood you with negative news all over the site, I’ll talk about the Tim Beckham news here. Tim Beckham has been suspended for 50 games as a second-time offender for drug abuse, as Topkin noted. This is ridiculous. Tim Beckham has so much talent that he has been unable to seize his entire pro career. He looked like he finally turned a corner in 2011 and he lost weight in spring training and played well out there, apparently showing his commitment to reaching his potential. Instead, Beckham suffered a left wrist injury to sideline him at Triple-A Durham and now this. Every player has rough patches at one point or another of his career. But mistakes like this are what can turn promising players into players that make you ask yourself how they fell so far. Since being the number one overall selection in 2008, Beckham has not lived up to expectations on and off the field. Things can change in a second in the current baseball world. If this doesn’t happen, maybe Beckham is promoted to the big leagues following the Longoria injury. Instead, we’re left shaking our heads and wondering whether Beckham will ever mature enough to put his ability on display. It’s becoming increasingly likely that he will never figure it out.