After getting the day off during Monday's 4-1 win over the Mariners, the Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria was back in the lineup Tuesday night and batting fourth as designated hitter.
The three-time All-Star said he's feeling "real good" and that the day off was an investment for the future.
"Taking a day here and there is just for making sure that we're giving ourselves a good chance for the long haul," Longoria said. "We want to put together a real good three to four last weeks and give ourselves a chance to be in the postseason. When that comes around, I need to be at full strength and ready to play hard every day."
Manager Joe Maddon said he expects Longoria to play every game for the rest this road trip, which takes the Rays to Anaheim for four games after today's finale at Seattle. Maddon noted that Longoria's hamstring, which kept him out for three months, is sometimes sore after long flights.
Longo looks at day off as investing in future
Tampa Tribune | Aug 15