The Rays were hoping to get Evan Longoria back on Friday night. But that’s highly unlikely to happen.
From beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Longo felt renewed soreness in his left hamstring after playing consecutive rehab games on Sunday and Monday at Triple-A Durham and will be shut down until at least Thursday.
It’s not a re-injury of any kind, but Longoria has missed close to two full months with a partially torn left hamstring and is now having lingering problems with it. There has to be some level of concern among the Rays medical staff that the 26-year-old third baseman will be fighting this stuff even after he’s activated from the disabled list.
Longoria was batting .329/.433/.561 with 19 RBI through his first 23 games played this season.
The Rays are currently three games back of an American League Wild Card spot.
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.