[UPDATE] Marc Topkin is reporting that Longoria does have a partial tear of his hamstring and will miss 6-8 weeks. Best-case scenario calls for a 4-week recovery and two weeks on a rehab assignment.

[EARLIER] The good news is, nothing is torn in Evan Longoria’s knee. So no surgery will be required. The bad news is, he has an injured hamstring and could be out 6-8 weeks (via Marc Topkin).

[UPDATE: Friedman says there is no guarantee Longoria will go on the DL. An MRI is still needed, and if less than ten days are needed to heal, he won't go on the DL (via JB Long)]

[EARLIER] No roster move has been made yet, and it is unclear how Longoria will be replaced. Sean Rodriguez, who started 16 at third base last year would seem like the first choice. The Rays could then recall Reid Brignac to play shortstop.

This is the third time in five seasons that Longoria has missed significant time due to injury. During his rookie season in 2008, Longoria missed 30 games with an injured wrist. And then an oblique injury cost him 26 games at the start of the 2011 season.

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  1. Matt says:

    I really hope Brignac isnt recalled. I know he seems like the logical choice, but he spent a week in triple A to work on his hitting and gets right back up again? No way he hits in the majors. Although his fielding is good, the team needs offense to try and cover the loss of Longo. I wonder if the FO would consider Mangini to promote. Or maybe they could claim Luke Hughes from oakland, a guy with decent minor league numbers and someone who plays third base daily. Either way, this will be rough

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  2. Rob says:

    Longoria seems to have trouble with his hamstrings a lot. He either is genetically prone to that injury or spends too much time on his quads. In either case, he should always wear a compression bandage or something to prevent this from happening. Staying very hydrated would help too. He might already be doing these things, so I could just be talking out of my ear - just very frustrating.

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  3. Michael says:

    Instead of Brignac, let us instead put out a slightly used Tickle-Me Elmo at 3rd base

    I believe it would be a net positive

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  4. Connie says:

    Free Hak Ju Lee!!!!!!

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  5. Hal says:

    Will Rhymes?

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  6. Bulls says:

    Logical choice is BJ back at third. God that was awesome/awful

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  7. Beth says:

    Longoria's injury hurts in so many ways. Any alternative we can name is so wildly inferior to him on both defense (even with his surprisingly frequent errors thus far this year) and offense that we can't even mention them in the same breath. And some of the intriguing possibilities from AAA are also injured -- I could see giving Beckham a shot a short, for example, or bringing up Guyer to platoon with Joyce in the outfield and moving Zobrist permanently to second, with S-Rod, E. Johnson and Keppinger sharing other short/third base duties. But Beckham and Guyer are both on the DL.

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    • Gus says:

      Becks out longer than that with his drug suspension. A very bad day for the Ray way today.

      I think the Rays may end up with two of the 5 No.1 overall picks to never make the majors (Bush and Beckham) and of course Hamilton is a whole other story and Delmon was No.1 overall as well (?) and he's a drunk nut himself. Sad. If you are giving that much money to an 18 year old, it is not good to bury him for years in the bushes. They'll put it all up their nose. Better to go college player at No.1 overall, maybe. Less chance of screwing it up.

      Longoria's commitment to off-season flexibility by the boards.

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      • pete says:

        Bex was smoking weed. If he was on the 40 man roster this wouldn't even be news.

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        • Gus says:

          First, anybody caught failing drug tests says it is pot because that is most socially acceptable; that was always the Todd Marinovich excuse, and turns out he was doing black tar heroin in the Superdome, so we just don't know. Second, failing a baseball drug test is a referendum on your intelligence, as they are the easiest to evade in all of sports. Put it this way, how many non-PED drug suspensions have we seen? I can't remember any in the Rays system since Hamilton, and he was a full blown heroin addict. Don't fall for the "dog ate my homework" excuse here. It is his second fail, he apparently cares for drugs more than he cares for baseball, or he wouldn't have popped the 2nd positive. That isn't what you want out of a top prospect.

          I'd note that he was a pick of the Extra 2% crowd all the way; can't blame Chuck LaMar for Beckham drugging his career away. More than not protecting Hamilton and signing Matt Bush, this will likely go down as their worst move ever if he is a total whiff and never makes the bigs (it was already looking bad pre-suspension). Hopefully, he can kick his bad habits and make it to the big leagues. But the window is starting to close.

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  8. Rob says:

    Is Vinny Castilla available?

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  9. Brian says:

    Cork – I seem to remember Big Willy filling in well, at the dish, for Longo back in 2008. Do you happen to know Willy’s stats during Longo’s DL stint? Even without Longo, the 2012 Rays offense is still much better than the 2008 version. Viva El Wolverine!

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  10. beazy says:

    Get well Longo, we'll see ya in June...

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  11. Burg says:

    Longo is a freaking porcelain doll, and a cunt....

    Go Rays

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