Oct 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT
According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Evan Longoria said he will not return to the lineup until the playoffs begin on Wednesday.
Longoria did his best to talk his way back into the lineup, but ultimately decided to play if safe after working out in front of Rays manager Joe Maddon and other coaches. The Tampa Bay third baseman has missed the last eight games due to a strained left quadriceps.
According to Topkin, Longoria has no doubts that he will be ready once the playoffs begin.
“Not at all,” he said. “I’ll be playing Wednesday without a
doubt. That’s the whole point of why I’m not playing now. Healthwise, if
I had to put a percentage on right now I’d probably say I was 80
percent. The goal is to be 100 percent come Wednesday.”
As for the long layoff, Longoria is expected to take some cuts against some Rays’ pitchers, possibly on Monday or Tuesday.
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