Now Commenting On:

Longoria misses practice to attend daughter's birth


PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Whenever Evan Longoria is missing, the natural inclination is to think that something physical has gone wrong with the All-Star third baseman. That wasn't the case Wednesday.

Longoria left Port Charlotte to be with his girlfriend Jaime Edmondson on Wednesday for the birth of their daughter. According to Rays spokesman Rick Vaughn, the delivery was being induced. No further details were given.

After missing 85 games last season due to a partially torn left hamstring, Longoria had minor offseason surgery on Nov. 21 to correct the problem. He has appeared healthy all spring.

The due date for Longoria's and Edmondson's baby had been April 1, which presented an interesting hypothetical situation since the Rays are scheduled to open the season on April 2 against the Orioles at Tropicana Field -- a situation that might have been interrupted had the baby arrived a day later than expected.

Earlier this spring, Longoria was asked if the couple planned to name their daughter Eva. Longoria chuckled at the query and replied: "No, no, not Eva."

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español