Rays place Longoria on 15-day disabled list

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Evan Longoria on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear of his left hamstring.  To take his place on the active roster, infielder Will Rhymes has been selected from Durham (AAA) and will wear No. 10 once he arrives.  To make room for Rhymes on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Kyle Farnsworth has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Longoria, 26, sustained the injury during yesterday’s game vs. the Seattle Mariners.  He had started all 23 games at third base for the Rays this season, while batting .329 (27-for-82) with four home runs, 19 RBI, seven doubles, .433 on-base pct. and .561 slugging pct.  Longoria currently ranks 10th in the American League in batting average, sixth in OBP, tied for sixth in RBI and was hitting .550 (11-for-20) with runners in scoring position, second best in the majors.  Since June 11, 2011, he had collected a major-league-high 105 RBI in 121 games played, while his 31 home runs in that span led the AL.  The three-time AL All-Star has earned two Gold Gloves at third base and was the 2008 AL Rookie of the Year.

Rhymes, who turned 29 on April 1, has played in 22 games for Durham this season, including 16 starts at second base and six starts at third base.  The left-handed hitter batted .231 (21-for-91) overall for Durham and .295 (18-for-61) against right-handed pitchers.  He signed with the Rays on January 19 and was a non-roster invite to spring training.

Rhymes has hit .283 (78-for-276) over parts of two seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers.  In 2011 he was the Tigers Opening Day second baseman and had three stints in the majors, spending the remainder of the season with Toledo (AAA).  In 2010 he spent the second half of the season with the Tigers and batted .304 (58-for-191) in 54 games after his call-up on July 25.  He has compiled a career .290 batting average and 139 stolen bases over eight minor league seasons.

Farnsworth, 36, opened the season on the disabled list with a right elbow strain.  Following his transfer to the 60-day disabled list, the first day he is eligible to be activated is now June 5.  In 2011 he led the Rays with a career-high 25 saves, going 5-1 with a 2.18 ERA (57.2-IP, 14-ER) in 63 appearances.