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"It's non-displaced, which is good news. As we're looking at it now, we don't think it will be too long after that two-week period," Friedman said. "Whether it's three weeks, or a little bit sooner than that, or a little bit later, I'm not sure."
The team recalled outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Triple-A Durham to fill the roster opening.
Willy Aybar takes over as the regular third baseman, and Ruggiano figures to share playing time in left field with Eric Hinske and Gabe Gross.
"Different things create opportunities. You can reflect on the negative part or on the positive of giving these guys opportunities to help this team further our lead in the standings," Friedman said. "That's the way we're going to look at it. It doesn't do any good to dwell on the other side."
Longoria, who began the season in the minors, is hitting .278 with a Rays rookie-record 22 home runs and 71 RBIs.
He also leads AL third basemen with a .971 fielding percentage and had not missed a game since joining the Rays on April 12 from Triple-A Durham.
The youngest Rays position player ever to make the All-Star team, Longoria was the third pick in the 2006 draft.
Ruggiano will begin his fourth stint with the Rays this season when the team opens a three-game series at Oakland on Tuesday night. In 15 games, he has batted .290 with one home run and two RBIs while playing all three outfield positions.
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