Joe Maddon told Evan Longoria "to guard that leg" with injury

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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.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.