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Evan Longoria pulled off rehab assignment following setback with hamstring

Jun 19, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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The Rays were hoping that Evan Longoria would be ready to return at some point this week, but his rehab is now on hold following a setback with his partially torn left hamstring.

Longoria, who began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Saturday, was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the third inning last night. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays said Longoria didn’t want to push it after feeling soreness as he ran to first base.

Longoria later wrote on his Twitter account that it “wasn’t a reinjury” and that he just “didn’t want to end up doing further harm.” However, he will rejoin the Rays today in D.C. and is now sidelined indefinitely.

Longoria was batting .329/.433/.561 with four home runs, 19 RBI and a .994 OPS in 97 plate appearances prior to the initial injury in late April. The Rays have gone 22-21 during his absence and currently sit at 37-29 on the year, four games behind the surging Yankees in the American League East.

  1. zidanevalor - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Having lived in this city all my life, I think Longoria just wanted to get out of Rochester as fast as humanly possible.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      and into the steaming cauldron of Washington, DC. Highs of 88, 95, and 99 predicted in an outdoor park. They may wish they were back at the Trop.

  2. chill1184 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Tough break for Longoria

  3. florida76 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    The Rays attendance problems are continuing to be a major issue, the club ranks a paltry 28th in MLB.

    Surprising, time has shown it was easier for the Rays to build a winner in the tough AL East than build community support. And time isn’t on the Rays side anymore, either with the use agreement on the Trop, or getting a decent stadium built.

    • picard9888 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      And what exactly does this have to do with Longoria’s rehab assignmnet?

      • stex52 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Does it matter? We usually vary from the topic.

        But I hate to see that about Longoria. Class act and a good player. Hope he recovers soon.

  4. buffalomafia - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    He gets hurt every year like Carl Crawford?!

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