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Rays’ Evan Longoria Out 6-8 Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays may be in first place in the ultra-competitive American League East, but they've lost third baseman Evan Longoria for 6-8 weeks after he suffered a partially torn left hamstring.

Longoria was hurt Monday night when he attempted to steal second base and he went down awkwardly. This is a big blow to the Rays, who have a hard enough time generating offense. So far this year, Longoria was batting .329 with four home runs while driving in 19 runs.

"He's alwasy been a pretty good healer. He had some hamstring issues in the past and has come back from them pretty quickly, relatively speaking," Rays general manager Andrew Friedman said, according to MLB.com. "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."

Infielder Jeff Keppinger is expected to get some starts at third base while Longoria is out.

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