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Longoria hopes to play in next few days, avoid DL

Rays All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria said his right foot is feeling a lot better, and hopes to play in the next couple days.

Longoria has missed the last two games due to a painful plantar fasciitis issue he's dealt with the past month, and is not in the lineup tonight. He did say executive VP Andrew Friedman is "pretty confident" he won't have to go on the disabled list.

Longoria said he'll push the Rays as long as he can not to go on the DL, and wants to play Tuesday. Longoria tested the foot during early infield work and said it didn't bother him very much, but said the key will be how he does running, which he expects to do later this afternoon.

Longoria, however, understands the uncertainty of his status leaves the team in "limbo." The Rays likely have to make a decision by Tuesday afternoon, when they will activate LHP David Price from the DL.

"I feel like after this, it's only going ot get better, so that's really the only thing that is positive right now," Longoria said. "It's sore, but at the same time, I wake up with the prospect of it feeling better every day that goes forward. So I know that it's tough for them and myself to be able to make decisions on the lineup, and the way things are going when it's such a question mark for me, and I don't want to go in there and just be like, worthless, basically, go out there and not be able to run or be able to do the things I can do. So we're kind of stuck in limbo."



[Last modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 5:36pm]


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