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Royals – Rays, Game 2; Longo out of the lineup

ST. PETERSBURG — Well, we know Evan Longoria’s sore left hamstring isn’t expected to land him on the DL. But he’ll be out of the lineup on Wednesday, with Willy Aybar taking his place at third base. Young phenom Matt Joyce is also back in the lineup. Is this going to turn into a permanent situation? Hard to sit him down with the kind of bat he’s been swinging.

Mitch Maier, CF
Alberto Callaspo, 2B
Billy Butler, 1B
Mike Jacobs, DH
Jose Guillen, RF
Mark Teahen, 3B
David DeJesus, LF
Miguel Olivo, C
Tony Pena Jr., SS
SP: Brian Bannister
B.J. Upton, CF
Carl Crawford, LF
Aybar, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
Ben Zobrist, 2B
Joyce, RF
Gabe Gross, DH
Dioner Navarro, C
Reid Brignac, SS
SP: Jeff Niemann
— Alden Gonzalez

Iwamura likely headed to DL; Bartlett, Shields fine

MIAMI — The reports were still a little hazy, but Akinori Iwamura is likely headed to the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury, manager Joe Maddon said.

Iwamura said it was the worst pain he had ever felt since getting to the United States but wanted to wait for the MRIs before speculating if he’d be out for a long period of time.
For now, Maddon said his options at second base are open, with Willy Aybar, Ben Zobrist and recent call-up Reid Brignac being options.

“He’s not feeling really good right now,” Maddon said about Iwamura, who was in a brace.

“Obviously, when you get hit like that, you’re going to be in a lot of pain. And once he sat himself up, he was able to gather himself. I think the initial shot probably hurt a lot, but, again, I don’t know what it is, and I just know that we’re going to have a setback, and then do the MRI thing, and if I had to guess, he’s going to be on the DL.”

As for Jason Bartlett, who hurt his left ankle after being slid into by a stealing Dan Uggla and trying to pick catcher Dioner Navarro’s throw, that situation doesn’t appear to be too serious. Bartlett stayed in the game after walking it off. He won’t be in the lineup in the beginning of a four-game series against the Indians on Monday, but that was a planned off-day, considering he’s 0-for-15 lifetime against starter Fausto Carmona.

“I think [Uggla] just slid over it, and [the left ankle] rolled on me,” Bartlett said. “Tomorrow was a day off anyway, so hopefully it will feel better.”

James Shields was fine after getting hit by a comebacker from Ross Gload with two outs in the seventh inning. Maddon just wanted to get Grant Balfour in the game there.

— Alden Gonzalez