According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria began feeling discomfort in his left oblique before Saturday’s game against the Orioles.
But he didn’t ask out of the starting lineup and now it might cost him.
Longoria had to be lifted from the game at the start of the sixth inning and replaced at the hot corner by Sean Rodriguez. He told reporters in the clubhouse afterward that he doesn’t expect to miss more than a week of action, but Rays skipper Joe Maddon would not rule out a stint on the 15-day disabled list.
The Rays will probably hold off on a decision until team physicians evaluate the situation Sunday afternoon — with the help of an MRI and other medical tests, no doubt.
If Longo needs to sit out for a while, look for Ben Zobrist to continue drawing starts at second base and Rodriguez to fill in at third. Matt Joyce will remain the starter in right field.
UPDATE: Topkin heard from Rays manager Joe Maddon on Sunday that Longoria is headed for the disabled list and could miss up to three weeks. The Rays are likely to recall infielder Felipe Lopez from Triple-A Durham to provide depth in his absence.
Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.
The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.
Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”