Evan Longoria breaks hand on HBP vs. Marlins

The San Francisco Giants avoided a four game series sweep against the Miami Marlins in a 16 innings affair but lost third baseman Evan Longoria in the process.

Marlins starting pitcher Dan Straily hit Longoria in the hand with a pitch in the fourth inning, causing him to leave the game and miss the remaining 12 innings. The official diagnosis is a fractured left hand and surgery is up in the air.

“Obviously the goal is to decide something as soon as possible and then get going in the right direction, whether that’s put a cast on it and just let it sit or have some sort of surgery and go that route,” Longoria told reporters. “It wasn’t my legs,” Longoria said. “I just hate coming out of the game right away. I’ve always thought it looked bad. I knew right away that it didn’t feel right, but I just figured I could run and in the meanwhile let (Alen Hanson) get loose and come into the game.”

Longoria is hitting .246 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in his first season with the Giants. San Francisco traded top prospect Christian Arroyo, veteran left fielder Denard Span and minor league pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods to the Tampa Bay Rays for Longoria.

The Giants will face the Marlins again at San Francisco on Monday.

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