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Friday, June 14, 2013
Evan Longoria limited by sore foot

Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria was the Rays' designated hitter for the second straight game Friday night because of a sore right foot.

Longoria says he has been bothered by plantar fasciitis for probably the past two weeks.

"I'm kind of getting to the point where I really don't feel like I'm doing it any good to go out there and run around on it, so I can DH and still be effective," Longoria said. "We've had some long games, and one of those games in the Boston series (earlier this week) I was hurting by the end of the game. It's something I haven't dealt with before. It's pretty painful."

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman could be limited to DH through a weekend home series with Kansas City. The Rays are off Monday before starting a road trip Tuesday at Boston.

"Our hope is that with a couple DH games and then the day off going into Boston that should give it enough time to be fine and I should be back out there," Longoria said.

Kelly Johnson, who played third base for the first time in the majors on Thursday, filled in defensively again Friday for Longoria.