While Evan Longoria took a significant step back from his stellar 2016, his 2017 campaign wasn't a disaster by any means. He trimmed his strikeout rate by nearly five full percentage points, lowering it to 16.7 percent, while hitting 20 homers for the fifth straight year. He's driven in at least 86 runs in four of his last five seasons, and he's steadily been in the .260-.270 range in that time; certainly not great, but he's not a big drag in the category. The groundball spike from a year ago is concerning -- Longoria's groundball rate went from 31.9 percent in 2016 to 43.4 percent, while his flyball rate fell from 46.8 percent to 36.8 percent -- but he still made hard contact with more than one third of his batted balls. More consistent elevation could pay dividends although the move to San Francisco in the offseason should temper expectations for a power rebound.
Longoria (ankle) is in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mariners, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic Bay Area reports. Longoria had been battling ankle soreness since Saturday. Barring any setbacks, he should have enough time to be fully up to speed by Opening Day.
Longoria (ankle) participated in fielding drills and took batting practice Tuesday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Due to a bout of ankle soreness, San Francisco withheld Longoria from the lineup for a few days as a precautionary measure. After Longoria participated in Tuesday's workout without any issues, the Giants plan on having him play in Wednesday's game against the Mariners. Over six games this spring, Longoria has gone 4-for-14 (.286) at the dish and drawn three walks.
Longoria indicated Saturday he is battling left ankle joint soreness and is still considered day-to-day, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Longoria was scratched from Friday's Cactus League game with what was originally reported as a sore heel. Regardless, the injury doesn't appear severe as the 32-year-old said, "It's nothing to be nervous about...When I feel ready I'll play."
Longoria was scratched from Friday's Cactus League game with a sore heel, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Longoria should be considered day-to-day and could be back in the lineup later this weekend, though the team may choose to give him a couple days off to rest. The third baseman is coming off a 2017 campaign where he slashed .261/.313/.424 with 20 home runs and 86 RBI with Tampa Bay. He was replaced by Pablo Sandoval in Friday's lineup.
Longoria went 2-for-2 with a home run, an RBI and three runs scored in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Rangers. Like most of the Giants veterans, Longoria has been eased into action this spring, logging just nine at-bats so far. The 32-year-old will be asked to take over everyday third base duties -- a position that was a black hole offensively for the Giants over the past couple of years -- after coming over from Tampa Bay via trade during the offseason. The slugger saw his power come back down to earth (20 home runs and a .163 isolated power rating) after his impressive 36-homer campaign in 2016. That decline in power combined with a move to cavernous AT&T Park could theoretically result in Longoria's first season below 20 home runs in over five years. That said, batting in the heart of the order in a station-to-station offense like San Francisco's could inversely result in more run-producing opportunities for the veteran.
|vs KERSHAW (CAREER)||0/4||.000||0||0||0||0||2|