The reality for the Rays is they are going to play most, and possibly all, of the next two months without their best overall player, third baseman Evan Longoria.

The challenge is to see if they can continue to play well.

"We're still a really good team," executive vice president Andrew Friedman said. "It's definitely not ideal, but we do have a ton of talent around him. That should allow us to still win a lot of games."

Longoria, 26, will be sidelined due to a partial tear of his left hamstring sustained trying to steal second in Monday's game, the diagnosis confirmed with a Tuesday MRI exam. He will rest his leg for the next 2-3 weeks, with a best-case scenario that he could resume baseball activities in late May and rejoin the lineup in mid June, a less-optimistic view that it could be late June or early July before he returns.

"He's always been a pretty good healer," Friedman said. "He's had some hamstring issues in the past and has come back from them pretty quickly, relatively speaking.''