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 Posted: Tue May 1st, 2012 08:27 pm
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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria could miss six to eight weeks because of a hamstring injury he suffered in Monday’s win over the Seattle Mariners, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Longoria was injured when he was thrown out trying to steal second base in the third inning. He slid awkwardly, was slow to get to his feet and left the game. Following the game, the team referred to the injury as soreness behind his left knee.

Despite the report of an extended layoff for Longoria, Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said nothing is official yet.

"We're going to see how he's doing today. It's one of those situations where if there's improvement day after day, we probably will not D.L. him. If there's not improvement and we feel confident that it will take 11 or 12 or more days then we probably will,” Friedman told

"But he's a guy that if he's going to be out a week, we'll just play short for that period of time. But it's really premature to say anything right now until we get a feel for how he feels today when he shows up. We're not anticipating making a move today pregame."

In 23 games this season, Longoria is hitting .329 with four homers, 19 RBIs and a .433 on-base percentage.

The injury is a big blow to the Rays, who are 15-8 and have a one-game lead in the AL East.

Longoria, the 2008 AL rookie of the year, is a three-time All-Star and finished 10th in the AL MVP voting last season. His extra-inning walkoff blast against the New York Yankees in the final game of the 2011 regular season clinched the wild-card berth for the Rays.