MLB team won't have best player for 4-8 weeks


MLB team won't have best player for 4-8 weeks

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria took a right turn out of the Tampa Bay clubhouse and walked a few feet before stepping in front of a group of reporters huddled around a lineup board that will not list his name for the next four to eight weeks. The three-time All-Star was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring Tuesday. Replacing his bat and glove won't be easy. Yet the Rays are confident they'll be OK without their best player, who's hitting .329 with four homers and 19 RBIs. "I've been in similar situations before and it's just one of those things where I'll stay positive," the third baseman said. "It's going to be tough to watch, but I can't really worry about it right now. I've just got to worry about getting healthy." The Rays received the test results before Tuesday night's game against the Seattle Mariners. Longoria was injured Monday while running to second base on an attempted steal. He slid into the bag and remained on the ground for a moment before climbing to his feet and walking to the dugout without assistance. Elliot Johnson replaced him following the third inning and eventually delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 12th inning of a 3-2 victory. The Rays have a knack for finding someone to step up when star players are struggling or hurt. That's one of the reasons they are confident they can withstand Longoria's absence. "We're still a really good team. We're going to have to be that much better defensively, that much better with our execution on the basepaths," executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "Our pitching's going to be very good. We're going to score runs," he added. "So it's one of those things where it's definitely not ideal, but we do have a ton of talent around him that should still allow us to win a lot of games." The Rays have made the playoffs three of the past four seasons, including 2008 when they won the AL East and made an improbable run to the World Series. That year, nearly every starter spent time on the disabled list, including Longoria. Tampa Bay lost the slugger for 26 games early last year and recovered from a slow start to rally from a nine-game deficit in September to win the AL wild card on Longoria's game-ending homer on the final night of the regular season. "I don't have any doubts," that teammates will step up and help the Rays continue a strong start, Longoria said. "We've been down this road before," manager Joe Maddon said. "There's no crying in baseball. ... You just try to make the best decisions afterward and move forward. But you can't worry about it. You don't talk about it negatively because that can bring you down." The Rays purchased the contract of infielder Will Rhymes from Triple-A Durham. To make room on the 40-man roster for Rhymes, reliever Kyle Farnsworth was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Johnson was in the lineup again Tuesday night. Another utility infielder, Jeff Keppinger, may also get some starts at third while Longoria is out. "It's not clear yet how much time he'll miss. It will be a minimum of four weeks. Somewhere in the four to eight (range), depending on how he responds and how treatment goes," Friedman said. "He's always been a pretty good healer. He's had some hamstring issues in the past and has come back from them pretty quickly, relatively speaking, so we're not going to put a firm timeline on it." Longoria was sidelined by a strained left oblique muscle most of the opening month a year ago. He had a strong second half, finishing with 31 homers and 99 RBIs. He helped the Rays to a 15-8 record in April -- the second-best opening month in franchise history -- and thought he had left his problems with injuries behind him. "It's just one of those things. Driving home last night, I was thinking I can look in the mirror and say I've done everything that I can do to try to prevent these kind of things," Longoria said. "My hamstring just doesn't cooperate with me sometimes."

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Gruden, Bruton, Golston and Jean-Francois all discuss Colin Kaepernick

Gruden, Bruton, Golston and Jean-Francois all discuss Colin Kaepernick

As the debate grows over Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem and protest the way people of color are being treated in America, Jay Gruden and a few Redskins were asked Monday for their opinion on the matter. Here are some excerpts from what they had to say (watch the video above for their full comments):

Gruden: "We take very much pride in our relationship with the military... For three minutes for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."

David Bruton: "Every man has their own opinion, what they wanna do. Regardless of what's going on in the world, we still are in the nation of the free... For me, I realize that, without a free country, we wouldn't be playing this game that we love."

Kedric Golston: "I don't know Colin, I can't speak for his beliefs. I stand out of respect for the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for the freedom that we enjoy."

Ricky Jean-Francois: "I don't really have a clue, I've been seeing it on TV, I've been seeing it on Twitter, but I don't know exactly what he's done... He was a good guy when he was with me [in San Francisco]. He's a good guy, good kid."


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It appears that Josh Doctson is returning, according to a tweet of his

It appears that Josh Doctson is returning, according to a tweet of his

Josh Doctson was placed on the physically unable to perform list on July 28. That means the Redskins' potential-filled first-round pick hasn't done much of anything when it comes to football for the past 32 days. 

That down time may finally be coming to an end, however, according to a tweet he sent out on Monday night.

While that post is far from any official news regarding his availablity for practice or the regular season opener on Sep. 12, it had to give Washington fans something to smile about as it popped up on timelines everywhere, as he seems to indicate he's ready to make his return to the team.

Earlier Monday, CSN's Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay noted that the former TCU wideout was in a helmet and making progress in his rehab from the pesky foot injury that's ailed him. Jay Gruden, meanwhile, said in his press conference that Doctson looked "very good."

In his tweet, Doctson apologized for his prolonged absence. If he's able to add his athleticism and penchant for making defensive backs look foolish when the ball's in the air, though, Gruden, Kirk Cousins and the rest of the Burgundy and Gold will surely forgive him.


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Schoop is Orioles' latest leadoff batter

Schoop is Orioles' latest leadoff batter

BALTIMORE—For the first time in his career, Jonathan Schoop will be leading off. It’s the second time in as many days that an Oriole would be batting leadoff for the first time. Steve Pearce batted first for the first time on Sunday and drove in three runs. 

Adam Jones, who is out of the lineup for the third straight game, is the Orioles’ usual leadoff batter. 

Showalter considered leading off Ryan Flaherty who has strong numbers against Toronto starter Marco Estrada, but didn’t because he’d have to play center field for the first time.


Pearce left Sunday’s game because manager Buck Showalter said he was afraid Peace would aggravate his right forearm. Showalter said that Pearce hurt it on a check swing just before he homered. 

Showalter said he could use Pearce, but preferred to wait until Tuesday when Toronto throws the left-handed J.A. Happ.

Chris Tillman threw off flat ground on Monday, and afterward he said he went very well. He’ll throw again on Wednesday. 

Showalter said on Sunday that the earliest Tillman could pitch would be on Sept. 9 or 10 in Detroit and that he wouldn’t need a rehab start. 

Darren O’Day continues to improve, Showalter said. 

“He’s starting to make strides every day, which is good to see,” Showalter said.

NOTE: T.J. McFarland, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, remains on the 40-man roster, and has been optioned to Norfolk.