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Rays notes: Longoria not blaming foot for slump

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Published:   |   Updated: July 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

TORONTO - 3B Evan Longoria, who was 8-for-61 before hitting a long home run in the sixth inning Friday, said the plantar fasciitis in his right foot is not the problem.

"Honestly I wish I could point to that and say it was," Longoria said. "I think I've struggled with my swing, so to speak. I kind of got lost a little bit, probably a month ago, and I've had a couple of games where I felt good at the plate, but I haven't been able to put together a good stretch."

Initially upset over not making the All-Star team, Longoria said Friday he was thankful for the break.

"It was a much-needed four days off for me, both mentally and physically," he said. "Once I wasn't selected, I was happy to take those days off and really enjoy them. I'm happy to be back now. I feel a little sense of rejuvenation, more mentally than physically. It's tough to recover from 150 days of activity in four days, but I do feel much better physically, and even double that mentally."

Escobar out to rest hamstring

SS Yunel Escobar did not start Friday against the Blue Jays because of a strained right hamstring and said he wasn't sure when he would return to the lineup, but manager Joe Maddon had a more optimistic take on the matter.

Maddon thinks Escobar can serve as the DH this afternoon and return to shortstop Sunday.

"As of right now, that's what I'm looking at, so we'll see," Maddon said before Friday's game. "It's one of those things, we consider him so valuable we don't want to push him right now. Later in the season, if it were September, different set of circumstances, he would play. But for right now we thought this was the right thing to do."

Escobar, with RHP Joel Peralta translating, said he did not have an MRI. He said the hamstring is tight and bothers him all the time, even when he's walking. Escobar, who was injured Sunday while running to first base in the eighth inning, said he doesn't think he will need to go on the disabled list.

Maddon said the team has not discussed the DL. He said part of the problem was the four-day All-Star break, which prevented Escobar from receiving treatment until Thursday, when he returned to Tropicana Field for the workout before the charter flight to Toronto.

"Part of it is, I think he needs some treatment," Maddon said. "The fact he did not doing anything on it but he was home not necessarily getting the proper treatment. That was our concern."

While Maddon said he wants Escobar on the field Sunday, he added that goal is not set in stone.

"If it's not Sunday, I don't think it's far in the future," Maddon said. "That's why we want to be so cautious now, keep it at a minimum.

Call him 'Dad'

Nadia and James Loney welcomed their first child, Jordan James, on Friday. The baby weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

Loney is on paternity leave, which runs three days. But Maddon said Loney will rejoin the team Sunday.

Cobb close?

RHP Alex Cobb (concussion) is scheduled to make two rehabs starts with Class-A Port Charlotte, Tuesday and July 28. He is scheduled to throw four innings/60 pitches in his first start then five innings/70 pitches in his second.

Maddon said there could be a third rehab start. Cobb also could rejoin the rotation after two starts, which is what LHP David Price did.

"Part of the thing is, (Cobb has) been out, but he hasn't been out a whole long period of time, so he hasn't lost the in-shape components of his arm and his body in general, though the injury he's coming back from is a little more severe (than Price)," Maddon said.

Price missed 47 days with a strained left triceps.

Cobb suffered his concussion June 15.

Who? Me?

2B Ben Zobrist explained the snafu that caused him and LHP Matt Moore to line up in the wrong order during the pregame introductions Tuesday at the All-Star game.

"It was kind of a jumbled mess down in the dugout. There were so many people right there, all waiting to go somewhere, whether it was on the field or somewhere else," he said.

Zobrist said Moore never heard his name when he was told to take the field, so he ran out after Zobrist and they never switched positions.

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