Yeah, yeah, happy times prevailed in Houston with the Rays’ sloppy 7-5, 11th-inning win today. Yunel Escobar was a stud in the field, and his three hits and three RBIs were clutch, too. But Joe’s got angst about Evan Longoria’s scene.
Joe’s really starting to wonder whether having Longoria in the lineup at half speed (and at DH) is a plus. In the first inning today, Longoria jogged out a soft chopper to third base that he easily could have been beaten out. That stunted a rally. And then he led off the eighth inning with a walk — with the game tied at 2 — and was lifted for pinch runner Sam Fuld.
Is Longoria’s bum foot healthy enough to play on or not? “Damn” is what came out of his mouth when Fuld showed up to yank him. Was Longoria surprised?
If it’s just a pain issue with no real risk of further injury, as Longoria has said, then management needs to free him up to play all out and take his days off when needed. Playing through it means playing. Joe would rather see Longoria in the field and at full force every other day versus what we’re getting now.
This half-healthy, “don’t-push-it-Longo” mentality isn’t working. He’s hitting under .170 through his last 10 games with one homer and two RBIs.
Now that Joe has that off his chest. The Rays are rolling. Wil Myers can play some serious outfield. And the White Sox must deal with Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore and David Price at the Trop this weekend. It’s time to eat up more ground in the standings.