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Rays' Evan Longoria sits out with wrist soreness

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria says he hopes a day or two off will allow his sore left wrist to return to full strength.
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria says he hopes a day or two off will allow his sore left wrist to return to full strength.
Published Jul. 21, 2015

SEATTLE — 3B Evan Longoria was not in the Rays' lineup Saturday due to ongoing soreness in his left wrist and might sit out again today against the Mariners in hopes of returning to full strength by Tuesday.

"I don't think it's something that's significant," he said. "(Friday) night at the end of the game, it was just sore. It's not something that is acute, like I don't feel it now and then when I swing I feel it. My hope is just normal wear and tear from swinging a bat a lot of years, and hopefully it's something we can manage."

Longoria said he couldn't pinpoint when the soreness became an issue and there was no trauma or anything that popped or felt amiss.

"I didn't feel anything," he said. "That's being completely honest. It's just sore and hopefully that's just a product of swinging too much."

Longoria had two hits Friday, his first multihit game since May 26. He has increased his average to .273 and his on-base plus slugging percentage to .765 but has only five home runs.

Manager Kevin Cash said they would decide today whether to play Longoria but acknowledged it might be better not to and give him the benefit of Monday's off day. "It was bothering him (Friday) night pretty substantially," he said.

With Longoria out, the team resorted to a patchwork infield, with Jake Elmore at third and Nick Franklin making his first pro appearance at first.

Cash could have opted for a more comfortable alignment by keeping Elmore at first, putting Franklin at second (where he often plays) and Logan Forsythe at third. But he said he wanted to keep Forsythe at second to pair with SS Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cash said they would re-evaluate the defensive alignment after seeing how things went during Saturday night's game.

PITCHING IN: With RHP Jake Odorizzi leaving Friday's game in the fifth due to left oblique tightness, rookie RHP Andrew Bellatti worked an impressive three scoreless innings and got the win in the 1-0 game. But he also got sent down to Triple-A Durham as the Rays needed a fresh arm for their bullpen and called up LHP Enny Romero. It's the second big-league stint this season for Romero, third overall.

MAGIC MIKE: Everything LHP Mike Montgomery heard and did this spring with the Rays left him feeling pretty good that he would get to make his long-awaited big-league debut.

And after an unexpected and "disappointing" late spring trade to Seattle (for Erasmo Ramirez), Montgomery finally did, called up Tuesday and working six solid innings against the Yankees. And now today he makes his second start, coincidentally, against the Rays, for whom he spent the previous two seasons at Durham after being acquired in the Wil Myers/Jake Odorizzi deal with Kansas City.

"I'm excited," Montgomery said. "At this point, I think I'll be a lot more comfortable. I won't have those first-game jitters I think everyone has. Now it's just a matter of going out there and executing pitches."

The Rays asked Montgomery to work in relief during the spring, and he adjusted well enough that a spot in the bullpen seemed a possibility. "Obviously with the trade, I was disappointed," he said. "I had good friends over there, but it's a business. I understand that."

MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Kirby Yates (right pec strain) worked one inning, allowing a run but no hits, in his second rehab appearance for advanced Class A Charlotte. … LHP Matt Moore (Tommy John surgery) makes his second rehab start for the Stone Crabs on Tuesday in Dunedin.

MISCELLANY: Forsythe on Friday became the 10th Ray to win a 1-0 game with a homer, though just the third to do so in the final inning, joining Reid Brignac (2010) and Travis Lee (2005). … OF Joey Butler lost a hit due to a scoring change in Baltimore but still went into play Saturday with a seven-game streak and a .337 average that was tops among all AL rookies.