The SF Giants transferred third baseman Evan Longoria to the 60-day injured list on Friday. The move opened up a 40-man roster spot for recently promoted reliever Jay Jackson. However, while the move gave the front office a little extra roster flexibility, it also insured Longoria cannot return to the active roster in July. In fact, he will not be eligible to leave the IL until early August.
The SF Giants moved Evan Longoria to the 60-day IL.
Longoria was in the middle of his most productive season in a Giants uniform when he suffered a shoulder sprain in an on-field collision with shortstop Brandon Crawford on June 5th. In 50 games this season, Longo hit .280/.376/.516 with nine home runs. His .892 OPS would be his highest mark in a single season since 2012 when he only appeared in 74 games with an injury. The highest career OPS of Longoria’s career in a full season is .889.
Of course, the Giants have managed well in their third baseman’s absence. Wilmer Flores, Jason Vosler, and Thairo Estrada have all received some playing time at the hot corner in his absence, each of whom has performed well at the plate. Flores has been particularly productive since Longoria went down on June 6th, hitting .250/.325/.462 with 12 walks, 13 strikeouts, and six home runs in 117 plate appearances over the last month.
The SF Giants moved third baseman Evan Longoria to the 60-day injured list on Friday, which allowed them to add another pitcher to their big-league bullpen. Longoria hoped to return to the team at some point in July, but will now be ineligible to return to the active roster until August.