Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left in the second inning of Friday’s game against Detroit due to irritating the plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Some reports say he has been playing through soreness in that area for a few weeks.
After their 6-3 loss to the Tigers, manager Joe Maddon was cautious while addressing the All-Star’s injury. “Little bit tender in the foot area,” Maddon said. “We have to wait for it to calm down tomorrow to make a better evaluation.”
Longoria is batting .298 with 17 home runs and 47 RBI this season. The team can not afford losing him for any amount of time for the third straight season.
If no Longoria, can Wil Myers make up for it?
Rays’ rookie Wil Myers has been everything everyone has talked about. In his first 11 games in the majors, the 22-year old outfielder is batting .289 with three home runs and nine RBI. It would be asking a lot from a young rookie just a couple weeks into his major league career, but if Longoria is out for an extended period of time, Myers may be looked upon to contribute more than what he already has.