Longoria has had his share of leg injuries during his career, but he said this is his first bout with plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the thick tissue in the bottom of the foot. He’s hoping the rest afforded by being the DH coupled with Monday’s off day will be enough to take care of the problem.
“It’s kind of a weird deal, but again, it’s not going to keep me off the field,” Longoria said. “So whether it’s DH or play the field, I think I should be over it by the off day.
Longoria is the only Ray to play in all 67 games this season, a streak he hopes to extend as long as possible.
Price update Manager
It’s likely Price will begin Tuesday. Maddon said Thursday after Price threw a simulated game that he might only need two rehab starts, down from the three Maddon had predicted.
The Rays would like Price to make four starts with the big club before the All-Star break that begins July 15.
“It’s one of those things you want to keep fluid,” Maddon said Friday. “You don’t want to etch it in stone. For me, I think that’s possible.
“If there’s any kind of setback, abnormal soreness, I don’t know. It’s possible he can be back sooner.”
Cobb returns to the mound this afternoon against the Royals after his worst outing of the season, a four-inning, six-run stint against the Red Sox where all the damage came in the first inning.
Cobb said he made some good pitches but gave some hits then let the game speed up on him.
“I stopped being aggressive,” he said. “I let the situation get the best of me. Runners on, I tried to minimize the damage instead of getting outs.”
Second-round pick signs SS
“What came down to it was the Rays, I heard nothing but good things about them,” Unroe said. “I know they’re going to take care of me. They gave me what I needed to come here. They showed their confidence in me that I can make a statement.”
Noteworthy The Rays will donate $2,500 to the Tampa Bay Lions youth football league. The league lost all its equipment after its field house was set on fire this week. …