Rays manager Joe Maddon was asked if there was now a Plan B in place for Evan Longoria, whose left hamstring injury will keep him out of the lineup past the end of the month.
His answer: There really isn't one.
Looking outside the organization is possible, but so far all executive vice president of baseball Andrew Friedman has come up with were Drew Sutton and Brooks Conrad, a pair of journeymen utility infielders. Sutton has already been released.
Would the Rays look to acquire a legitimate major league third baseman?
"Looking at all of our options, which Andrew does, you got a trade deadline coming up. I don't even have any idea because we normally don't do anything at that time," Maddon said this afternoon. "We'll just have to see how this plays out for the rest of the month. Maybe somebody will surface from within. They can just really take that job and run with it."
Longoria, who has not played since April 30 when he partially tore his left hamstring, suffered another setback when he cut short a rehab start June 18 with Triple A Durham. He will not resume baseball related activities until late next week when the Rays return from the All-Star Break.
The startup needed to rehabilitate the injury just so Longoria can return to the field and then the minor league games needed to get into game shape after what will be by then more than a three-month layoff will push Longoria's return into August.
Maddon: No plan in place to address Longoria setback
Tampa Tribune | Jul 8