Evan Longoria quietly losing 'durable' tag 

May, 2, 2012
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For a few years now, I've judged Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman a bit harsher than most, wondering if injuries would eventually be his downfall and his destiny was to be known as this decade's version of Scott Rolen -- and not for positive reasons. Zimmerman has power and can hit for average, but all the missed games are a problem for fantasy owners. Alas, he's now on the disabled list.

However, after seeing the news that Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria will miss the next four to eight weeks -- that's quite a wide range, isn't it? -- after partially tearing his left hamstring in a failed stolen base attempt in Monday's game, he's looking like a better, albeit similarly flawed, version of Zimmerman. A season ago, Longoria played in only 133 games. He missed 26 games early in the season because of an oblique injury, and it might have contributed to him struggling at the plate (he hit a career-low .244).

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Kim Klement/US PresswireEvan Longoria has a .329 average and 19 RBIs in 23 games.
Longoria is a wonderfully balanced player, injuries aside. He made my top 10 for fantasy in 2012 and was my real-life AL MVP favorite. This is his fifth season, and he already has reached 30 home runs and 100 RBIs twice, won a rookie of the year award and a pair of Gold Gloves. He seemed well on his way to his top fantasy season, but now he might be lost for the next two months, as it's possible he'll need surgery to fix the hamstring. Even if Longoria has another monster second half like last season, when he slugged 20 home runs and knocked in 57 over 72 games, these missed games add up. Zimmerman fell to my fourth round this year. Perhaps Longoria won't slip that far for 2013 drafts, but it's tough to imagine him being a top-25 player with these durability woes.