Evan Longoria quietly losing 'durable' tag

Updated: May 2, 2012, 12:35 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
For a few years now, I've judged Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman a bit harsher than most, wondering if injuries would eventually be his downfall and his destiny was to be known as this decade's version of Scott Rolen -- and not for positive reasons. Zimmerman has power and can hit for average, but all the missed games are a problem for fantasy owners. Alas, he's now on the disabled list.

However, after seeing the news that Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will miss the next four to eight weeks -- that's quite a wide range, isn't it? -- after partially tearing his left hamstring in a failed stolen base attempt in Monday's game, he's looking like a better, albeit similarly flawed, version of Zimmerman. A season ago, Longoria played in only 133 games. He missed 26 games early in the season because of an oblique injury, and it might have contributed to him struggling at the plate (he hit a career-low .244).