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.
The Yankees have announced an investment partnership with Vision Esports. Vision Esports is the largest single shareholder of three esports-related companies, which includes Echo Fox, Twin Galaxies, and Vision Entertainment. The size of the investment was not disclosed.
Echo Fox was founded by former NBA player Rick Fox. The team has players from some of the most popular titles, including League of Legends, Call of Duty, Street Fighter, and Super Smash Bros.
Twin Galaxies tracks retro video game world records. Vision Entertainment creates esports content across various platforms.
This is not the first intersection of baseball and esports. Earlier this year, pitcher Trevor May joined esports team Luminosity. Other teams, particularly in the NBA, have gotten involved in esports. Last year, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired esports teams Dignitas and Apex.