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Evan Longoria to begin playing in rehab games Saturday

Jun 14, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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After missing six weeks due to a partially torn left hamstring, Evan Longoria is finally ready for game action.

According to Adam Berry of, Longoria will join Triple-A Durham tomorrow to work out with the team and will serve as the designated hitter on Saturday. He was cleared for a rehab stint after running the bases prior to today’s game against the Mets.

There’s no clear timetable for his return, but Rays manager Joe Maddon told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times last week that Longoria would likely spend 7-10 days on a rehab assignment.

Longoria, 26, was batting .329/.433/.561 with four home runs, 19 RBI and a .994 OPS in 97 plate appearances prior to the injury. The Rays have gone 20-20 during his absence.

Jeff Keppinger, who is currently on the disabled list with a broken big right toe, is also scheduled to play in rehab games this weekend with Triple-A Durham.

  1. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I want to see him healthy one time. He always seems to be dinged up. He must be amazing when he is fully healthy, because he is great when he is hurt.

  2. Ick McWang - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    It sure seems like Longo is dinged up every season. I’m not certain if he has ever played a full season without a DL stint. I love the guy when he is healthy and in top shape but that seems to be on and off right now (and lately)

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