Longoria day to day after being hit by a pitch

Longoria day to day after being hit by a pitch

TORONTO -- Evan Longoria left the Rays' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday night after getting hit by a pitch in the upper left leg/hip area, but the All-Star third baseman appears to be OK.

"Longoria is fine," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "I think he'll be day to day. We'll evaluate him [on Friday]."

Longoria believes he'll be in the lineup Friday.

"I'm going to do my best to play," Longoria said. "My gut feeling right now is that I'll play. I really, there's nothing structurally wrong. I mean unless I wake up and I can't walk tomorrow morning."

Tempers flare at Rogers Centre

Rays starter Chris Archer had already hit two Blue Jays hitters when Longoria went to the plate in the eighth.

Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada retired Asdrubal Cabrera on a ground out to start the eighth before Longoria stepped in to hit.

Estrada cut loose with a 91-mph fastball for his first pitch that hit Longoria, who limped while making his way to first where he was met by Cash and a team trainer.

Longoria, who went to college with Estrada, believed he was hit intentionally.
    
"Marco and I went to school together," Longoria said. "We have a history of friendship. I don't have any hard feelings toward him. It escalated, and it looks a lot worse. ... But ultimately, I guess you have to protect your guys. And I'm sure he'll say it wasn't intentional, but he's only hit a handful of guys in a bunch of innings in the big leagues."    

After a brief consultation, Longoria was lifted from the game. Longoria told reporters he had already begun to think about playing Friday night against the Yankees and wanted to get some ice on the area.

Following Longoria's plunking, Archer and Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle were seen yelling at each other from their respective dugouts. In the bottom half of the inning, Rays pitcher Steve Geltz was ruled to have hit Josh Donaldson with a pitch after review, and Cash was ejected for arguing the confirmation of the call.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.