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Maddon would "would bet" Longoria headed to DL, out minimum three weeks



Update 12:24 p.m. A decision hasn't been officially made yet, but manager Joe Maddon said he "would bet" that 3B Evan Longoria is headed for the disabled list, with a minimum stay of three weeks.

Longoria, who pulled himself out of Saturday's game with a sore left oblique, underwent an MRI this morning, Maddon said, and they're awaiting the results.

"If I had to bet, I would be that he's heading for the DL," Maddon said. "But I'm still waiting for the final analysis. He's just not feeling that good."

If it is the DL, Maddon has heard the minimum of recovery is three weeks. Maddon said they could make a roster move for today's game, which sounds like INF Felipe Lopez could be making the drive up 1-75 from Port Charlotte.

Maddon said Sean Rodriguez will get a bulk of the playing time at third, though if another infielder is called up, he could step in too. Timing is never good for an injury like this, especially not to start the season, with the Rays scoring just two runs in their first two games.

"It's just unfortunate," Maddon said. "We're having a hard time scoring runs out of the chute. He's probably our best run producer and now we dont' have him. We're just going to have to make some adjustments and keep playing. .

"It's during moments like this a lot of times people surprise, and all of a sudden people's games get elevated. And things turn out to be okay, so we're looking for that to happen."

*In other news, Maddon said LF Johnny Damon was scratched from today's lineup with right calf tightness, but he's available to play later in the game.

Developing: The Rays are expected to provide an update today on the status of 3B Evan Longoria, who left Saturday's game with what was described as a "sore" left oblique. As of 10:45 this morning, there was no news nor any new players in the clubhouse.

Longoria said he expected to miss no more than a week, but acknowledged he had never had this time of injury before so he didn't really know. Manager Joe Maddon didn't rule out a stint on the 15-day DL, however, pending an exam today by Dr. Koco Eaton and others. An oblique strain can sideline a player for 4-6 weeks.

With Longoria out, Sean Rodriguez is expected to be the primary third baseman.



[Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 12:15am]


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