Injured Rays 3B Longoria may miss entire Baltimore series

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan

Longoria might miss a three-game series against Baltimore because of a

strained left quadriceps.

Longoria was out for a fourth consecutive game Monday night. He has resumed limited baseball drills.

The Rays started Monday with a magic number of one to clinch a playoff spot.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said he would

be happy if Longoria can play once the Rays go to Kansas City for a

series that begins Thursday.

“I still think it’s a couple more days

out,” Maddon said. “It’s never comfortable. I really believe it’s going

to be fine. We just have to, probably, monitor what we do with him a

little bit as we move forward. He may have to monitor how he moves in

the game a little bit.”

Longoria is hitting .294 with 22 homers and 104 RBIs in 151 games this season.

Dan Johnson filled in again for Longoria against the Orioles.

Received 09/27/10 06:44 pm ET