Rays' Longoria plays a day after getting hit by pitch

Evan Longoria reacts after getting by a pitch that forces him out of Thursday’s game in Toronto. He is back in the lineup Friday at the Trop.
Evan Longoria reacts after getting by a pitch that forces him out of Thursday’s game in Toronto. He is back in the lineup Friday at the Trop.
Published April 18, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — A day after leaving the game with a bruised left hip, Evan Longoria was back in the lineup Friday as the Rays' DH and didn't show any lingering effects.

"I'm good," Longoria said on his way out of the clubhouse before the game.

Longoria extended his streak of consecutive games played to 253, and manager Kevin Cash said the team had planned to give him a day at DH sometime soon, even before Blue Jays reliever Marco Estrada hit him with a pitch Thursday night.

"We didn't want it to come in this fashion," Cash said.

Longoria went 1-for-3 with a walk and could be back at third base today, Cash said, but the Rays brought up some help, just in case.

The team optioned OF Mikie Mahtook to Triple-A Durham before the game and recalled INF Ryan Brett to add infield depth.

"What do I even say?" Brett said after his first major-league callup. "Just happy to be here."

Brett was even happier because of the timing. His father, Tim, celebrated his birthday Friday and attended the game with Brett's mother, Coleen.

"It's awesome," Brett said. "He's been there for me ever since Day 1."

Brett, 23, is one of's top 10 Rays prospects and is known for his speed. The 2010 third-round pick batted .303 with 39 extra-base hits in 107 games for Durham last year.

BELIVEAU SIDELINED: LHP Jeff Beliveau was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness that's been lingering for weeks.

Beliveau said he experienced dead arm around the time spring training games started. The feeling isn't uncommon for pitchers, but it didn't disappear for Beliveau, who allowed six hits and four earned runs in 22/3 innings this season.

"It's nothing alarming," Beliveau said. "I haven't really been myself since last year."

Beliveau said he doesn't think it will be a long-term absence, and he's scheduled to be evaluated today.

With the roster move — retroactive to Thursday — the Rays recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser from Durham to fill Beliveau's role in the bullpen. Riefenhauser, 25, appeared in seven big-league games last year in two stints with the Rays.

MORE MEDICAL MATTERS: RHP Alex Cobb (forearm tendinitis) has thrown from 90 feet without pain and is scheduled to throw from that distance again today before eventually getting back on the mound. "I've been shut down for a while," said Cobb, who could return next month. "We've got to build back up."

INF Nick Franklin (oblique) and 1B James Loney (oblique) took infield practice before the game. Franklin practiced turning double plays and said he felt much better than the slight setback he experienced last week. He said he hopes to begin playing rehab games next week. "I've just kind of been feeling it out, and everything's been going as normal," Franklin said.

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Loney is eligible to return Wednesday.

ON FURTHER REVIEW: Cash elaborated on some of his frustration with the instant replay system, a day after getting ejected for the first time as a manager. He entered Friday 0-for-5 on challenges. "I'm not quite sure what inconclusive means or how that's being defined right now," Cash said.

MISCELLANY: Cash announced that rookie RHP Matt Andriese will make his second career start Sunday. … Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez was greeted with mostly boos and a few cheers before his first at-bat, and a fan appeared to throw his home run ball back onto the field. … Leshawn Williams, the Northeast High football player who had his right leg amputated after a severe injury, had to postpone his ceremonial first pitch. … Tonight's game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports 1.