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The Tampa Bay Rays will be without Evan Longoria for four to eight weeks thanks to a partial tear in his left hamstring. Ouch.
Joe Maddon has plenty of pieces to play with while Longo is tucked away on your team's DL; Sean Rodriguez and Jeff Keppinger can move around the infield if needed. The best bet to take over Longo's at-bats, however, is Elliot Johnson, who replaced him when he exited on Monday night.
Johnson's best fantasy contribution is speed, but his mediocrity there and with the stick keeps him primarily as an AL-only asset and deep mixed desperation play.
Rodriguez and Keppinger will have fleeting use in deep mixed setups. Reid Brignac could also find his way back in the bigs to provide infield depth, but his horrid farm performance should remind you that he's merely an AL-only flier.
Mixed leaguers are better off looking outside Tampa Bay for hot-corner power. If the percolating Pedro Alvarez is still available, he's an attractive replacement.
Need to dig a bit more? The homer-leaning Alex Liddi will continue piecing together at-bats in Seattle. Scott Rolen at least plays in a favorable home park and has in recent years displayed occasional stretches of brilliance. Wilson Betemit is earning more reps with the Baltimore Orioles.
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