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Rays activate Evan Longoria from DL, designate Felipe Lopez for assignment

May 3, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

Evan Longoria Rays

As expected, the Rays have activated Evan Longoria from the disabled list and he’s in the starting lineup for tonight’s game, playing third base and batting third.

Longoria has been sidelined since injuring his oblique muscle in the second game of the season and Tampa Bay got off to a 1-8 start, but the Rays bounced back extremely well without him and are now 15-13 overall.

Longoria has talked about possibly being not quite 100 percent healthy yet, but he homered in three of four rehab games at Double-A.

Sean Rodriguez and Felipe Lopez split playing time pretty evenly in Longoria’s absence, but combined to hit just .197 with three homers in 26 games. Lopez was designated for assignment to make roster room for Longoria’s return, meaning he’s probably done with the Rays.

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