Longoria dealing with "pretty painful" plantar fasciitis
Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria is the designated hitter for the second straight game - and likely will the rest of the weekend - as he's dealing with a "pretty painful" case of Plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Longoria said it's been bothering him for a couple weeks, and came to a head during the long games during the Red Sox series. He said it won't keep him out of the lineup, and hopes that after Monday's off-day it will clear up enough for him to return to third base during Tuesday's day-night doubleheader in Boston.
Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation in the tissue that runs on the bottom of your foot. Manager Joe Maddon said the common description is like having a nail on the foot.
"It kind of gets to the point where I don't really feel like I'm doing any good to go out there and run on it," Longoria said. "It's something I haven't dealt with before, and it's pretty painful. It's kind of a weird deal, but it's not going to keep me off the field."
Longoria said it mostly bothers him while he's standing around, that it feels pretty good at the beginning of the game, but by the end, it gets pretty sore. He's the only Ray to start every game so far this year. Maddon said it's "possible" Longoria could DH Saturday and Sunday.
Kelly Johnson, who made his first big-league appearance at third base Thursday, started at third again Friday.