As Rays third baseman Evan Longoria packed Wednesday before leaving for a minor-league rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Durham, he left his teammates with some encouraging news: "See you soon."

Longoria, out since May 1 with a partially torn left hamstring, isn't sure how long the stint will last but said he'll work extensively at DH, allowing him to rejoin the Rays quicker.

"Finally get to play baseball again," Longoria, 26, said, smiling. "I haven't had any competitive at-bats in a while, so it's really going to be about how I swing the bat, how I feel in there."