Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria models his workouts after ex-Ray Eric Hinske

PORT CHARLOTTE — Though veteran OF Eric Hinske is no longer a Ray, his impact is still felt in the clubhouse.

Just ask 3B Evan Longoria.

Longoria was back to his usual routine Thursday, one day after he left a workout early with lingering discomfort from a wisdom tooth extraction. That routine, from his approach in batting practice to his preparation, was molded a lot by Hinske, who signed with the Pirates in the offseason. Longoria, 23, heeded Hinske's advice — "Never pass up your first fortune" — when he signed his long-term contract extension last season and sees Hinske's handprint on his daily activities.

"He was the perfect guy for me to model myself after," Longoria said. "The thing I do use every day, which I got from him, is my routine, in the cage. We went over it day in and day out. And it's never changed."

Longoria might not have to change his spring schedule, either, as he said it's his "assumption" he won't be playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. Longoria, on the provisional roster, said he last spoke with manager Davey Johnson a week ago but hasn't heard since about his status. Final rosters have to be in by Tuesday, and with veteran 3Bs Chipper Jones and David Wright already on the roster, "I think they're just gonna go based off seniority," Longoria said.

"Those guys were chosen before me, and I think if they want to play, they're probably going to be the two guys that'll be on the roster," he said.

Take it easy: LH reliever J.P. Howell, who plans to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic next month, said his spring workouts haven't changed dramatically as he prepares for it. Howell said the biggest thing is he takes just one day off between bullpens, instead of two. But Howell, 25, who had a breakout season last year in which he tied for the major-league lead in relief innings (891/3), said knowing how he felt in October last year has helped him stay careful in not going full throttle so early.

"It's been easy because I look at how long the season is," Howell said. "Since I know that, I know not to just go after it right from the shoot, 'cause I know it will get me in the end. It'll bite me."

Quotable: OF Matt Joyce, on throwing out the first pitch tonight at 6:30 for the North Brandon Little League, where the former Armwood standout used to play as a kid: "I might throw a curveball," Joyce said, smiling. "Or a knuckleball."

Miscellany: RHP Juan Salas, designated for assignment Feb. 12, has been traded to the Indians for minor-league 2B Isaias Velasquez, who hit .281 with 40 runs in 64 games for Class A Mahoning Valley. … INF Ray Olmedo, a minor-league invitee whose arrival was delayed due to visa issues, was in camp Thursday. … Manager Joe Maddon said the team might do live batting practice in Saturday's workout.

Joe Smith can be reached at joesmith@sptimes.com.

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria models his workouts after ex-Ray Eric Hinske 02/19/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 20, 2009 7:10am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa lands Super Bowl in 2021

    Bucs

    Tampa's Super again. Or at least it will be soon.

    Mike Tomlin celebrates with LaMarr Woodley and Troy Polamalu after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in 


Super Bowl XLIII  on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. [Times files (2009)
  2. Why Ryan Fitzpatrick may solve the puzzle for Bucs at backup quarterback

    Blogs

    Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to leave One Buc Place following Thursday’s off-season workout and fly home to New Jersey in time to teach a class of 10 second and third grade students how to solve the Rubiks Cube.

  3. For starters: Rays vs. Angels, with Cobb leading the way

    Blogs

    Rays veteran RHP Alex Cobb had a lot to say Monday about the team needing to focus on getting past .500 and building a winning record.

    And after the disappointing 3-2 loss that …

    Alex Cobb will start tonight when the Rays play the Angels.
  4. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron

    College

    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)
  5. L.A. delay could re-open Super Bowl chance for Tampa in 2021

    Blogs

    Construction delays on the NFL's new stadium in Los Angeles mean the Rams and Chargers won't be playing there until 2020, a year later than expected, and the ripple effect could give Tampa another …

    Tampa and Raymond James Stadium last hosted a Super Bowl in 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.