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— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) June 7, 2015
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria was held out of Saturday’s game against the Mariners and he won’t play in Sunday’s series finale due to soreness in his left wrist. Tampa Bay is off Monday, and manager Kevin Cash said he’s hoping that a three-day period of rest will help Longo get over the minor injury.
Jake Elmore is at the hot corner and leading off for the Rays on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.
Longoria, 29, has batted .273/.351/.414 with five home runs, 25 RBI, and 27 runs scored in 55 games this season. Tampa Bay entered play Sunday just 1 1/2 games back of the Yankees in the American League East standings with a record of 30-27. Not bad for a team that has seen all sorts of turnover.
Albert Pujols hit a towering solo shot — the 535th homer of his career — Sunday off CC Sabathia …
Pujols has now passed Jimmie Foxx on the all-time home run leaderboard and he’s one away from tying Mickey Mantle at 536. It was the 15th home run of the season for Albert. He’s currently on pace for 43.
Devin Mesoraco is still unable to maintain a squatting position because of a lingering left hip impingement, but he and the Reds have a devised a plan that will allow him to return to action this season. And perhaps as early as next week.
Mesoraco, who hasn’t made a start at catcher since April 11 and has been on the disabled list since May 25, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday as the starting left fielder at Triple-A Louisville. He has not played any outfield in the minors or majors, but the Reds are willing to experiment because they want his bat back in the lineup. Hip surgeon Bryan Kelly has signed off on the idea.
MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon says Mesoraco will need at least 3-4 games at Louisville to learn left field and get his timing right. He’s been doing outfield drills for over a week now, so that should help.
The 26-year-old had an .893 OPS, 25 homers, and 80 RBI in 114 games last season.
Edwin Encarnacion made an early exit from Saturday’s game against the Astros and he is not in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Here’s the reason …
Encarnacion had cortisone shot yesterday after game. Said shoulder has bothered him for couple weeks, but got worse yesterday. #Bluejays
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) June 7, 2015
Encarnacion should avoid the disabled list, but it’s probably going to be a few days before he can swing a bat without discomfort. Toronto kicks off a three-game set with the visiting Marlins on Monday evening.
Encarnacion has tallied 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 55 games this season for the Blue Jays, but that has come with a relatively disappointing .749 OPS. He’s put up a .900 OPS or better in three straight years.