Evan Longoria left the game after grounding out on his first at-bat in the second inning. The team reports that it’s due to a lingering injury in his right foot.
The Rays announced that Longoria irritated plantar fasciitis, which has bothered him for the past month. He was limited to the designated hitter role for a few games earlier this month because of the problem.
Longoria will be reevaluated Saturday.
Longoria was replaced by Kelly Johnson after the inning. As of the bottom of the eighth inning, the Tigers had a 6-3 lead over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
The third basemen is currently hitting a .298 batting average (2nd-best on the team) with 17 home runs and 47 RBIs, which are both team highs. He also holds another team high of 74 strikeouts.
His foot injury made his batting average dip as expected, posting a .278 BA in the month of June.