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Sunday Morning Roster Noise: Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford, and Others

I didn't get to the Roto Roundup last night so here are some players making news on Fathers Day:

The Red Sox placed outfielder Carl Crawford on the DL with a hamstring injury. There are a trio of players who can step in to take Crawford's spot in the Red Sox lineup including Mike Cameron, Josh Reddick and Darnell McDonald. The Sox offense will be productive without him.

The Brewers are considering skipping Shaun Marcum's next start. Here are quotes from manager Ron Roenicke via the Brewers MLB site:

"We're going to have him checked out," Roenicke said. "I think there's a doctor that could check him out here, but we're going to have him flown to see our people Monday. His bullpen [session] was supposed to be Monday, but we'll kind of hold off on that and see.

"We may have to skip a start. We don't know yet."

Based on these quotes it appears the Brewers are playing it safe with their top starter. Marcum is 7-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 3.30 xFIP this season.

More Roster Noise after the jump:

The Indians placed first baseman Matt LaPorta on the DL. Here is more on his injury from Jordan Bastian from

Acta indicated that LaPorta is expected to miss two to three weeks with the injury. An X-ray performend on LaPorta's right foot on Friday night came back negative for any fractures, and Acta noted that an MRI exam on Saturday also came back clean. Still, the first baseman's injury was severe enough for him to be shelved.

The Indians called up Travis Buck to take his place on the roster, but Carlos Santana played first base last night and could see some starts there while LaPorta is shelved.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is dealing with a foot issue as described by Marc Topkin from the St. Petersburg Times:

3B Evan Longoria was in the lineup after receiving a shot Friday night for an occasionally painful condition in his left foot known as a Morton's neuroma. According to, it involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toes.

Longoria said he has had the condition for the past two years and usually manages the discomfort with painkilling shots. "It's been getting bad, just kind of progressing," he said. "It's not something that prevents me from playing, it's just something that's there and I've got to deal with."

I don't know if this is the reason for Longoria's poor performance to date, but it is something that could lead him to miss a few games down the road.

Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is scheduled to get an MRI on his ailing left elbow which he injured sliding headfirst into first base on Friday night. He flew back to Houston last night and will have the MRI today, so a DL stint is a possibility. Jason Bourgeois figures to see more time with Pence out of the lineup.

I'm off to a Fathers Day barbecue, so I wish all the fathers out there a Happy Fathers Day.