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Tampa Bay’s Longoria to Miss 4-8 Weeks With Torn Left Hamstring

Infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays. Photographer: Meric/Getty Images
Infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays. Photographer: Meric/Getty Images

All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria will miss the next four to eight weeks for the Tampa Bay Rays with a partially torn left hamstring.

Longoria, 26, was injured two nights ago against the Seattle Mariners while running to second base on an unsuccessful stolen-base attempt. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list yesterday.

A three-time All-Star, Longoria is hitting .329 with four home runs and 19 runs batted in over 23 games this season. He hit a career-low .244 with 31 homers and 99 RBIs last year.

“It’s just one of those things,” Longoria told reporters yesterday. “I’ve done everything that I can do to try to prevent these kind of things. My hamstring just doesn’t cooperate with me sometimes.”

The Rays are in first place in the American League Eastern Division with a 16-8 record, leading the Baltimore Orioles by one game and the New York Yankees by 2 1/2 games.

“He’s always been a pretty good healer,” Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said on the team’s website. “He’s had some hamstring issues in the past and has come back from them pretty quickly.

‘‘We’re not going to put a firm timeline on it, but to get back here, I would say a best-case scenario is for him to get back before six weeks or around six weeks,” Friedman said.

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