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Longoria leaves game with tightness in left hamstring; is day-to-day

Update 10;28 p.m. Though Evan Longoria doesn't appear too concerned with his injured left hamstring, he will undergo an MRI Wednesday to determine how serious the injury is.

Longoria said it grabbed on him a little bit the first couple steps past first base when he grounded out in the sixth. But he said he rode the exercise bike afterwards and felt fine, just had trouble loosening it up.

“I didn’t feel a pop didn’t feel a pull," Longoria said. "And was able to walk and ride the bike and everything. Hopefully it’s just a day to day thing.”

Manager Joe Maddon appeared more concerned, saying you're always worried about hamstring injuries. His door was closed a little longer after tonight's game, and although the Rays didn't make a roster move, they're going to wait and see how Longoria feels - and responds - tommorrow.

“Longoria is a stallion when it comes to wanting to play this game,” Maddon said. “He knows his role within our group. He knows his place and lot within this game already. He knows for us to get back to the promised land, he’s got to be there. He knows that. I hope it is good and it may be good by (today). I just don’t know yet.”

The injuries continue to mount for the Rays.

Third baseman Evan Longoria left Tuesday's game due to tightness in his left hamstring, with the Rays saying he's "day-to-day."

Longoria grabbed his left leg after grounding out in his last at-bat in the sixth inning, and Gabe Gross pinch-hit for him in the eighth.

Longoria had already been banged up as it is, starting at DH for the second straight game due to soreness in his arm.

He is the majors-leader in RBI and the AL's top vote getter, so far, for the All Star Game.

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:47am]

    

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