ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria will miss a three-game weekend series against Seattle due to a left quadriceps strain.
Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement before Friday night's 5-3 win over the Mariners. Maddon added that Longoria will be re-evaluated on Monday.
"Definitely not this weekend, but maybe by the middle of next week it might a reasonable time slot to get him back," Maddon said.
Longoria, hitting .294 with 22 homers and 104 RBIs in 151 games this season, was hurt making a defensive play in Thursday night's 10-3 win over the New York Yankees. He was examined by the team medical staff and also underwent an MRI, which showed no tear, on Friday.
"As of right now we're in a good spot as far as us going forward," Longoria said. "I feel better, which is promising. I don't see it lingering any more than five, six days."
Sean Rodriguez replaced Longoria, making his first start of the year at third.
Tampa Bay has a magic number of two to clinch the franchise's second-ever playoff berth. The Rays, who won the AL pennant in its initial postseason trip in 2008, moved back into first place in the AL East -- holding a half-game lead over the Yankees, who lost 10-8 to Boston.