Thursday, October 18, 2018
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Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria suspends rehab after feeling discomfort

Rays 3B Evan Longoria's minor-league rehab assignment was suspended indefinitely Monday night after he experienced discomfort in his partially torn left hamstring.

Longoria will join the Rays in Washington today and continue his rehab there, with no timetable for his return.

The Rays said Longoria, in the second game of his rehab with Triple-A Durham, didn't want to push it after feeling soreness as he ran to first base in Rochester, so he was lifted in the third inning for a pinch-hitter.

"Wasn't a reinjury, just felt some discomfort and didn't want to end up doing further harm," Longoria tweeted. "Thanks for the well wishes, I'm sad that I cant be back yet."

It's a setback for Longoria, a three-time All-Star who has been out since May 3 and had hoped to be back with the Rays this week. He felt good after Saturday's first rehab game with Durham, going 1-for-4 with a single as DH. He was off Sunday and was DH Monday before he was pulled.

PHEW: When LHP David Price thought last week he'd have to bat against Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg, and his 100 mph fastball, in the upcoming interleague series, he joked, "give me the heater, please."

Price won't have to worry about that anticipated matchup — he'll face veteran RHP Chien-Ming Wang; Strasburg pitches Wednesday — and isn't so bummed about it.

"It was no letdown, that's for sure," Price said, smiling. "As much as I wanted to face (Strasburg), I didn't want to face him at all. I just wanted to face a righty, I didn't care who it was. … It's going to be tough."

MOVING UP: The Rays have selected OF Rich Thompson from Triple-A Durham, and he'll join the team today in Washington. Tampa Bay optioned RHP Brandon Gomes to Durham on Sunday, saying it wanted another position player for its interleague series against the Nationals and Phillies. Thompson, who was 1-for-16 in eight games for the Rays this season, can also serve as a pinch-runner.

REMEMBERING RIZZO: Nationals GM Mike Rizzo fondly remembers playing for Joe Maddon while the Rays manager was coaching in the Angels minor-league system. Rizzo, who was on Maddon's Class A Salem (Ore.) championship team in 1982, said he could tell then Maddon had a unique way of communicating with players and "knew he would do very, very well in his next life" in the majors. Maddon appreciated the former utility infielder, too: "If there was a brawl, you not only wanted him in the middle of it, he probably started it," he said, smiling.

MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow strain) gave up a hit and a run in one inning in a rehab outing for Class A Charlotte.

STARRY NIGHT: Longoria is still in third place among American League third basemen in All-Star voting, and CF B.J. Upton moved up to 11th among outfielders according to Monday's latest update.

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