James Borchuk/Tampa Bay Times
The celebration over the Rays' latest fantastic finish was somewhat muted Monday night.
They had just beaten the Mariners 3-2 in 12 innings, with Elliot Johnson, of all people, singling in the winning run to cap their surprisingly sturdy April with a 15-8 record, but it was the loss of third baseman Evan Longoria — potentially for weeks — that resulted in the tempered mood.
Longoria left the game after the third inning and left the stadium with crutches due to what manager Joe Maddon described as soreness behind his left knee, seemingly the result of an awkward slide into second on an inning-ending steal attempt.
He will undergo tests, likely including an MRI exam, today to determine exactly what is wrong (knee, hamstring, etc.) and how long he will be out.