MILWAUKEE -- Giants third baseman Evan Longoria departed Sunday's 8-3 win over the Brewers in the fifth inning after developing plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Longoria said he is scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday morning, but he’s hoping he will be available to play Game 2 of the Giants’ doubleheader in Colorado later in the day.
“It’s something I’ve been dealing with kind of the whole year and last year,” Longoria said. “I never really had it kind of flare up the way it did the last couple days. Hopefully it’s not too long. I’m just trying to let it calm down. I’m going to get an MRI tomorrow and see what shows up. Hopefully nothing serious so we can kind of figure out how we can treat it from there.”
Longoria went 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout in his first two at-bats before manager Bruce Bochy sent Austin Slater up to pinch-hit for him in the fifth. The Giants had been trying to stay away from Slater, who is battling a fever, but he remained in the game to play right field. Pablo Sandoval shifted to third base to replace Longoria, while Brandon Belt moved from left field to first base. Mike Yastrzemski switched from right to left field.
“Usually if I come out of the game, it’s something I can’t really tolerate,” Longoria said. “It was pretty sore by that point.”
Longoria, 33, said he’s dealt with foot issues on and off for most of his career and hasn’t found any relief by using orthotics or insoles.
“It’s just the accumulation of a lot of games and playing on turf,” Longoria said. “Like I said, hopefully we can get a diagnosis early tomorrow and just figure out what’s going on.”