Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that third baseman Evan Longoria is missing from the Rays’ starting lineup Sunday against the Mariners due to tightness in his left side.
Longoria actually made an early exit from Saturday’s game because of the discomfort, which may be related to the left oblique strain that caused him to miss 28 games earlier this season.
The Rays are going to play this one safe, though all indications point to the 25-year-old avoiding another stint on the 15-day disabled list. Felipe Lopez started at third base on Sunday afternoon against Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard. The Rays don’t have an off day Monday.
Longoria is batting .239/.351/.425 with four home runs and 12 RBI this season. He’s played in only 32 games.
UPDATE: The Indians have placed Miller on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
8:46 AM: Indians reliever Andrew Miller left last night’s game against the Cubs with left hamstring tightness.
Miller threw just two pitches before clutching his leg and leaving the field. He’s day-to-day for now — and manager Terry Francona noted that he had a similar injury a few years back and only missed a few days — but hamstring injuries can be anywhere from annoying to serious, so nothing definitive will be said by the club until he undergoes an MRI. Given how critical he is to the Indians, who are likely postseason bound, figure that the team will err on the side of caution with a DL sting regardless.
Miller has yet to allow a run in ten innings of work.