"The biggest thing about his hitting to this point -- I think he has been out of his zone a little bit," Maddon said. "I think he is trying too hard at the plate and trying to do too much and he has been expanding the strike zone. Otherwise I think he looks relatively normal. He is not there, I agree with you 100 percent. Overall, I would like to see him get back into the strike zone, swing at pitches he likes and not expand [the zone]."
Longoria was again in the cleanup spot for Game 4 of this American League Division Series on Sunday afternoon, with the Rays trying to stave off elimination against the Rangers for the second straight day.
After belting a single in his first at-bat of the series, Longoria took an 11 at-bat hitless streak into Game 4. But Maddon was encouraged by Longoria's final at-bat of Game 3, when he flew out to right-center.
"I thought it was one of the better pitches he has seen, and he drove it pretty well," Maddon said.
Longoria is obviously gutting through the injury -- something that can be seen every time he tries to run out a grounder.
"He is affected," Maddon said. "You saw him running to first base -- he can't run like he is normally able to. This guy can steal bases -- he is a very good base runner. Defensively, again, he is limited a little bit, range [to his] left and right."