ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Evan Longoria has suffered from plantar fasciitis in his right foot for about two weeks and could continue to be slotted as the Tampa Bay Rays' designated hitter in upcoming days as he recovers.
Longoria, who is hitting .305 (79 for 259) with 13 home runs and 39 RBI this season, was placed in the Rays' lineup as the designated hitter for the second consecutive day Friday before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field. He went 1 for 3 and struck out once as a DH in the Royals' victory Thursday.
Longoria, who has made other appearances in the DH role in rest situations this season, said he hopes to be recovered by the start of the Rays' three-game series with the Boston Red Sox next Tuesday at Fenway Park. He was seen taking ground balls at third base during the Rays' batting practice session Friday.
"I'm kind of getting to the point where I don't feel like I'm doing any good to go out there and run around on ...