MLB notes: Longoria out long-term

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria (R) holds his left knee and grimaces after he was tagged out by...

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria (R) holds his left knee and grimaces after he was tagged out by Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan (L) trying to steal second base, during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida, April 30, 2012. (REUTERS)

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:21 PM ET

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will be out for six to eight weeks because of a partial tear of his left hamstring.

Rays vice-president Andrew Friedman told the Tampa Bay Times the best scenario would be for Longoria to begin rehab in four weeks and return to the roster two weeks after that.

Longoria slid awkwardly into second base Monday night against the Seattle Mariners on an attempted steal. He limped off the field and left the game. An MRI Tuesday revealed the tear.

The 26-year-old is hitting .329 with four homers and 19 RBI.

CARDS GET CRAIG BACK

St. Louis Cardinals infielder/outfielder Allen Craig was activated Tuesday off the 15-day disabled list after recovering from a fractured right kneecap that required off-season surgery.

Craig, 27, hit .315 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI in 75 games last season. He is fresh off a seven-game rehab assignment at triple-A Memphis.

Erik Komatsu, a Rule 5 outfielder, was designated for assignment and could be claimed by any club. If he clears waivers Komatsu will be offered back to the Washington Nationals for half of the $50,000 purchase price.

Komatsu, 24, hit .211 for St. Louis this season.

BRIEFLY

Shortstop Tim Beckham, 22, Tampa Bay's first draft pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games for a second violation of the minor-league drug prevention program ... Left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt, 32, has been put on the 15-day disabled list by the San Francisco Giants with a sprained right knee. The Giants have called up Travis Blackley, 29, also a left-handed reliever ... The Philadelphia Phillies have placed right-handed reliever David Herndon, 26, on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Pitcher Brian Sanches, 33, has been called up from triple-A Lehigh Valley to fill the roster spot ... Jason Heyward said he expects to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup Thursday after missing a handful of games with an oblique injury. The 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .273 with eight stolen bases ... Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, 33, was out of the lineup Tuesday for the third consecutive game because of a sore back. He is hitting .219 with two homers and nine RBI.

 


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