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Longoria could play in All-Star Game if selected

Longoria could play in All-Star Game if selected

ST. PETERSBURG -- Despite Rays third baseman Evan Longoria's recent struggle with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, manager Joe Maddon would have no qualms about his third baseman playing in the All-Star Game, if selected.

At last count, Longoria ranked fourth in All-Star voting among American League third basemen, behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Baltimore's Manny Machado and Texas' Adrian Beltre.

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"If his foot is good over the next 10 days, please play," Maddon said. "If it needs a rest, we'll say he needs a rest at that point but right now, I would say he'll be able to play. If they want his bat, that wouldn't be a bad thing."


Maddon would feel reassured if Longoria were to attend because Tampa Bay's head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield is one of two trainers on American League All-Star manager Jim Leyland's staff.

Maddon also said he expects pitcher Matt Moore, closer Fernando Rodney, shortstop Yunel Escobar and first baseman James Loney to receive All-Star consideration. Results will be revealed Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

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

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