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Evan Longoria hoping to come off disabled list by April 29

Apr 19, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

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Evan Longoria hasn’t been cleared to take swings against live pitching yet, but the Rays third baseman told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that he expects to return from a strained oblique muscle by April 29.

He has quite a few hurdles to clear (and setbacks to avoid) before then, but Longoria is slated to take “dry swings” today for the first time and hopes to begin a minor-league rehab assignment at Double-A or Triple-A early next week.

Longoria told Chastain that he’s “itching to do more” and “hopefully I’ll be hitting off the tee, doing flips, and possibly by the end of the Toronto series, hitting on the field.” He’s been out since the second game of the season and was eligible to return from the disabled list yesterday.

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