3B Evan Longoria's rehab from a partially torn left hamstring has progressed to the point where it includes daily hitting and fielding drills on the stadium field. As a result, Longoria will accompany the Rays on the upcoming road trip to New York and Miami.
Manager Joe Maddon said before Friday's game with the visiting Orioles that Longoria could begin a minor league rehab assignment around June 15.
At this pace, Longoria could return by the end of the month.
"The big thing when you go out for the rehab will be playing nine innings, can you stand out there and feel comfortable, you cut the bases and it doesn't hurt. I'm not worried about the bat and hitting or fielding ground balls, he's doing a lot of that stuff," Maddon said. "The big thing would be, how does my leg feel being out there for three hours, standing around and running the bases a couple of times? That part of the rehab shouldn't be that long."
Friday was the 29th game Longoria missed because of the injury. The Rays played .500 ball in the first 28.
Longoria on schedule with hamstring rehab
Tampa Tribune | Jun 2