ST. PETERSBURG So now what?
Just when everything seemed to be clicking on all cylinders for the Tampa Bay Rays, the monkey-wrench-in-the-engine news hit late Tuesday afternoon: Evan Longoria is out for six-to-eight weeks with a partial tear in his left hamstring.
One moment he was sprinting toward second on an attempted steal Monday night, the next he was standing outside the clubhouse Tuesday prior to game-time, reflecting on the injury to a crowd of reporters with a succinct. "I think it sucks."
This definitely didn't appear to be in the script, not after the 2011 season in which the Rays' star third baseman and offensive leader spent most of the first month on the DL with a tear in his right oblique and played with a painful foot condition later.
Not after his rigorous off-season training regimen, dropping 15 pounds and increasing his flexibility with the help of yoga, plyometrics and stretching.
And certainly not after the way he began this year. The only tear to speak of ...