Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria won’t let a bruised hip stop him from playing.
Longoria, who was hit by a pitch in the hip during Thursday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, started Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees as the Rays’ designated hitter to keep his major league-leading consecutive games played (252) streak alive.
While it’s nice that Longoria is still playing, the Rays hope to have him out in the field soon.
“Hopefully a day and he’ll be back out there,” Rays skipper Kevin Cash said. “But he got squared up pretty good in kind of an awkward spot.”
In 11 games this season, Longoria is hitting .235 with one home run, five runs scored, and a .409 on-base percentage.
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