Three years in a row, Rays fans have now seen their worst nightmare take place: Evan Longoria going down with an injury. Will Longoria’s injury on Friday sideline him for a significant period of time once again? The Rays are hopeful that it will not and that Longoria may just be out a few days. And no matter what happens, it will not sideline him for more than a few weeks. Marc Topkin described the situation in yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times.
"The Rays will wait a few days to see if the pain caused by plantar fasciitis in 3B Evan Longoria‘s right foot subsides.If it does, he will return to action, at least in a DH or pinch-hitting role, in the series starting Monday in Houston. If not, he likely will be put on the disabled list Tuesday, when the Rays have to make room to add LHP David Price, and be out through the All-Star break."
There are several pieces of good news in this whole situation. The planar fasciitis isn’t a new injury and it just flared up a little on Friday. The increased pain from the injury is sometimes the injury’s “last hurrah” and signals the end of its effect, and Longoria and the Rays hope that his soreness will turn out to be exactly that. Longoria also was feeling much better Saturday, so you have to hope that will be a good sign as well. And finally, this isn’t an injury that leads to any type of physical limitation–it’s just a matter of Longoria being able to play through pain, and as long as the pain goes back down to its previous levels, he will be back in the lineup.
The best-case scenario is that the pain subsides and Longoria will be back to normal soon. But even if things take a turn for the worse, Longoria will be out for a couple of weeks and return strong and well-rested after the All-Star Break, which ends on July 19th. As Joe Maddon described it “That’s one of those injuries that is not debilitating on any kind of a permanent basis.” Things could certainly be worse, and after what happened last season, Rays fans have to appreciate at. We could see onto which side the coin falls as soon as Monday, when the Rays could place Longoria on the disabled list and call up a player like LHP Jeff Beliveau from Triple-A for a day before Price comes up on Tuesday. Or alternatively, the Rays could have Longoria in the lineup at least as designated hitter and give every Rays fan the feeling that a crisis has been averted.