The title explains everything. Due to injuries, including one to the hamstring of Willy Aybar (who wasn’t off to a bad start), the Rays had little choice but to call up Evan Longoria from AAA Durham, where he was hitting .136 and rebounding from an 0-for-14 start. I think he can be an instant boost in attendance and, provided he adjusts well, the offense. The entire team is doing back handsprings at the thought of having him up here, and after all the hype, maybe that should be the case. We’ll find out as Joe Maddon plans to start him this weekend against Baltimore. (Nice series opener, by the way.) Until I upload those home opener pictures, go Rays.
The big announcement has been made, according to The Tampa Tribune…
Why the **** would they make this move? Besides money and waiting out arbitration another year, there is no sufficient reason. Sure, Longoria has slightly fallen to a .262 average this Spring while Eric Hinske is hitting .372, but why not just go ahead and get him adjusted now? Why, exactly, would you send him to Durham for two weeks and block a roster spot there when he could be in Tampa Bay from day one? The move makes very little sense. I’ll have more once the news spreads.
As long as Longoria is going to AAA, I beg of the Rays to please start Eric Hinske at third base until he is called up. If they start Willy Aybar, they’re idiots. Hinske has been very good so far, and if not Longoria, then it should be him. Longoria will be up in April anyway. Though I thought the cheap Rays ownership died with Vince Naimoli’s departure. So, until next time, go Rays and Bulls.