As the Tampa Bay Rays look to keep pace in the American League wild-card hunt, an injury to Evan Longoria's thumb will only add to their hitting woes. The Rays announced that Longoria left Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians with a thumb contusion, adding that X-rays were negative. The 31-year-old Longoria hit over 30 home runs with a slugging percentage over .500 for the first time since 2009 last season. He also played in at least 160 games for the fourth straight season, giving the Rays some offensive stability that they have otherwise lacked for years. There was a two-year stretch in 2011-12 when Longoria missed 117 games and appeared to be breaking down physically.
Evan Longoria Leaves Game vs. Indians Due to Thumb Injury
Bleacher Report | Aug 12