Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been out since late last week because of a strained left quad and it sounds like he might not return until this weekend.
Longoria took batting practice before Wednesday’s game and reported good results, according to the Associated Press, but Rays manager Joe Maddon has ruled him out for Thursday’s game and he’s not a lock to start Friday either.
Maddon doesn’t want to push his All-Star third baseman, even with a shot at homefield advantage and the American League East title on the line.
“We’re overly cautious with this,” Maddon said. He’s doing pretty good.”
Longoria, 24, is batting .294/.372/.507 this year with 22 homers, 104 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 574 at-bats. He has also scored 96 runs and hit 46 doubles.
On Sunday, Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a walk-off home run against the Twins. He was very fired up about his accomplishment and celebrated:
The Twins have already gotten upset with a player for bunting while Jose Berrios worked on a one-hit shutout. No one on the Twins said anything about Gomez’s antics, but even if they had, Gomez wouldn’t have felt any need to apologize, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Gomez said, “It’s something I know a lot of people are talking good about this, that baseball needs more of that. And some people say it’s not good. If enjoying and having fun in baseball is bad, I’m guilty.”
He added, “I was not trying to disrespect anybody. I was not looking to the other side, not looking at the ball. I was looking at my guys.”
Gomez also said that baseball is “getting a little boring.” His advice? “Enjoy it. Have fun. It’s competition.”
Can’t argue with that.