According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria said he will not return to the lineup until the playoffs begin on Wednesday.
Longoria did his best to talk his way back into the lineup, but ultimately decided to play if safe after working out in front of Rays manager Joe Maddon and other coaches. The Tampa Bay third baseman has missed the last eight games due to a strained left quadriceps.
According to Topkin, Longoria has no doubts that he will be ready once the playoffs begin.
“Not at all,” he said. “I’ll be playing Wednesday without a
doubt. That’s the whole point of why I’m not playing now. Healthwise, if
I had to put a percentage on right now I’d probably say I was 80
percent. The goal is to be 100 percent come Wednesday.”
As for the long layoff, Longoria is expected to take some cuts against some Rays’ pitchers, possibly on Monday or Tuesday.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.