Evan Longoria’s quadriceps injury hasn’t hurt his hitting any, as he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles in the Rays’ win yesterday, but he was clearly running at significantly less than full strength on his home run trot.
“I kind of felt like Kirk Gibson going around the bases a little bit,” Longoria told Lyle Spencer of MLB.com.
Following the game manager Joe Maddon admitted that he’s told Longoria to take it easy on the bases after missing the final 10 games of the regular season:
He’s under strict managerial orders not to run hard, although he can’t anyway. I want him to guard that leg. As we get deeper in the playoffs, it shall get better.
Carl Crawford called it “a little crazy” that Longoria was able to have such a monster game despite the injury.
The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.
That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:
“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”
Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.