Evan Longoria exits game with sore left oblique

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A bit of frightening news out of Tampa Bay.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was lifted prematurely from Saturday’s game against the Orioles due to soreness in his left oblique.

Longo will be reevaluated after undergoing a round of tests Sunday morning. The 25-year-old was 0-for-1 with a walk before being replaced by Sean Rodriguez at the start of the sixth inning.

If Longoria suffered an oblique strain, he could be out for up to a month. The Rays, who lost their opener to the Orioles on Friday and were no-hit through six innings on Saturday, will have to hope it’s only soreness.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to a two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.