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Rays Evan Longoria May Avoid DL

Evan?Longoria?felt so much better Sunday that manager?Joe Maddon?said putting the third baseman on the disabled list?may no longer be a necessary option.

Longoria, who left Friday's game after irritating the plantar?fasciitis?problem in his right foot, might be available at least to pinch-hit as soon as tonight, and he could return to full duty soon.

"He actually felt pretty good (Sunday)," Maddon said. "It's kind of encouraging. A lot of the pain was different. It wasn't nearly as severe, so we'll see. We might be able to use him in Houston like we had thought."

Source: Mark Topkin, TampaBay.com


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