St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will miss the next four to eight weeks with a partially torn left hamstring.
Longoria left Monday's game against Seattle after an awkward slide into second base on a steal attempt in the third inning. He limped off the field under his own power and the injury was initially described as sore behind the left knee.
"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," said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on Tuesday. "We're not going to put a firm timeline on it, but to get back here, I would say a best-case scenario for him to get back before six weeks or around six weeks."
Longoria was off to a great start for the 2012 season, batting .329 in 23 games with four homers and a team-best 19 runs batted in.
"I can look myself in the mirror, and know that I did everything I could to keep myself healthy," Evan Longoria told reporters late Tuesday afternoon. "But it keeps happening... it's something with me and hamstrings."
As far as replacements go, Rays' manager Joe Maddon said it starts with Elliot Johnson.
"EJ is in there tonight (Tuesday)," said Maddon. "Jeff Keppinger will get a shot too. And there's Sean Rodriguez. But it will be mainly EJ and Kepp."
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