MLB notes: Longoria out of Rays lineup

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (R) talks with New York Yankees Hall of Fame member Yogi...

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (R) talks with New York Yankees Hall of Fame member Yogi Berra as he sits in a golf cart during Old-Timers Day ceremonies before the Yankees played the Rays in their MLB American League game at Yankee Stadium in New York, June 23, 2013. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

Evan Longoria is out of the Tampa Bay Rays lineup but won’t go on the disabled list.

The third baseman missed the final two games of the club’s series Saturday and Sunday against the Detroit Tigers after irritating the plantar fasciitis in his right foot by sliding into first base during Friday’s opener.

“I’ve been battling with the plantar stuff for a better part of the month now and it just felt different (Friday),” Longoria told the Tampa Tribune. “It felt like it kind of tightened up going down the line. (I) really don’t have a definite prognosis. I know that at least for now, I’m not going on the DL, which is good. I’m pretty optimistic about the way I feel today.”

The injury forced Longoria to DH during a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals in mid-June.

“From the beginning of what they’ve told me, (plantar fasciitis) is something you can play through if you can deal with the pain,” Longoria said. “I’ve been dealing with that for a while now.”

Longoria is batting .298 with 17 home runs and 47 RBIs in 80 games this season.

HARPER RETURNS

Bryce Harper will return to the Washington Nationals lineup Monday.

The 20-year-old outfielder said he “felt pretty good” after completing his rehab assignment with double-A Harrisburg, noting that he worked his injured left knee at full speed.

“I wasn’t cautious at all,” he told The Washington Post. “I really wanted to do that and try to slide and put it to the max I could and see how it was and see how it would deal with that. And it felt good diving. Slid into third base a couple times and slid into second a couple times.”

Harper admitted there was some swelling in the knee during rehab but not enough to be warrant concern.

Harper was suffering from lingering bursitis and hasn’t played a big-league game since May 26.

Prior to being held out of the lineup while injured, Harper was batting .287 with 12 home runs and 23 RBIs over 44 games.

BRAUN SWINGS

After being shut down from baseball activities for two weeks, Ryan Braun will begin to swing a bat again Tuesday, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

That’s good news for the Milwaukee Brewers, who have been missing their star outfielder since June 9.

"Anytime you lose a No. 3 hitter with the quality he is, you can't replace it,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Braun, who is nursing an injured thumb.

Braun was batting .304 and had nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 57 games.

While the Brewers would welcome his return, a potential Biogenesis-related suspension looms over last year’s National League home run leader.

THAMES TRADED

Eric Thames is back in the AL East, although this time he’ll be flying with a different flock.

The former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder was acquired by the Baltimore Orioles from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor-league infielder Ty Kelly on Sunday.

“It was a good deal for both clubs. Good hitter,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com of Thames. “Really has an interesting hitting resume and an option.”

Thames has been assigned to triple-A Norfolk as he recovers from a broken bone in his left hand.

The Orioles also designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment to make room for second baseman Brian Roberts as he returns from a hamstring injury.

BRIEFLY

Yasiel Puig continues to impress. The highly-touted Los Angeles Dodgers rookie went 4-for-5 Sunday, coming a home run short of hitting for the cycle. He also had two stolen bases ... Ramon Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Sportsnet. The 37-year-old was released by the Dodgers on June 22 ... The Colorado Rockies have signed veteran outfielder Xavier Nady to a minor-league deal, according to Fox Sports ... Houston Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle. Jimmy Parades was called up from triple-A Oklahoma City.


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