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 Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.
In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.
The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.