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Evan Longoria to begin playing in rehab games on Thursday

Jul 25, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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Forget about all of that almost ready talk.

According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria has been cleared to embark on a minor league rehab assignment on Thursday evening with the Triple-A Durham Bulls. He packed a bag on Wednesday and announced to reporters before departing the visitors’ clubhouse at Baltimore’s Camden Yards that he was excited to “finally get to play baseball again.”

Longoria has been on the shelf since May 1 with a partially torn left hamstring. He’ll likely appear in four rehab games at Durham before returning to the Rays’ starting lineup by the middle of next week.

The 26-year-old third baseman was hitting .329 with a .994 OPS in 23 games before suffering the injury.

  1. jon623 - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Glad to see he’s finally making his way back. When he’s healthy, he’s one of the best players in the league. Keep pluggin’ away Longo! Can’t wait to see you back.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    This really has potential to change the Rays deadline plans (if they ever had one {honestly, what have they done since 2008}). There might be a LOT riding on that quad of his. The Rays are 2 back of the WC, and picking up Longo is the biggest deadline deal any team will make. With Joyce now healthy, there is no excuse to not make a move to help this team.

    They have the chips to get a good young bat. Maybe one of the Alex’s on the farm for LaHair. I really want to see them cash in on Shields and Upton while they still can. Both can be replaced from within. With the pickup of Brian Roberts, Zobrist can play the OF full time. That, along with Joyce and Fuld being healthy, Makes Upton very tradeable. Shields and Upton for Michael Morse, Anthony Rendon and Solis/Meyer is something I’d love to see. It helps both clubs immediately.

    However, if Longo has another setback, start a firesale on Shields, Farnesworth, Rodney, Pena, Upton and Scott.

    • hittfamily - Jul 25, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Also, If my squeeze looked like that, my partially torn hamstring would be fully torn by now. Hers too.

    • buddaley - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      To answer your question, they have done very little at the deadline. Occasionally they pick up a complementary piece-for the bullpen for example-and even some of those are waiver deals after the deadline.

      Of course, the more important part of the question is “do they have a plan”, and the answer to that is emphatically yes. The plan is to balance current needs with the continued health of the organization. And the result has been 3 post-season appearances in four seasons, two of them due to division championships.

      I am not optimistic they continue their success this year. The offense needs too much, and the defense has been much below expectations. But I doubt the Rays will pull the trigger on a big deal that costs serious talent leaving the system. It may frustrate fans who love to see their teams in the headlines, but it is not how the Rays do business, and given their track record, they have earned the benefit of the doubt.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Who cares about Longoria, let’s hear more about his lady

    • Drew Silva - Jul 25, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Jaime Edmondson. You’ll wanna look her up.

      • stex52 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

        And all he has torn is his hamstring? Most of us would have done ourselves worse damage than that by now.

  4. xsherr - Jul 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Sweet Jesus.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    New meaning to the phrase “Red Carpet”

    • stex52 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      Maybe that was why Longoria made such an agreeable contract with TB. He has discovered where true happiness lies (so to speak).

  6. joewilliesshnoz - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Bravo Evan, bravo !

  7. heathater4lifeson - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Dammmmmm girl!

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