Evan Longoria isn't quite ready to end his rehab assignment and rejoin the Rays, but manager Joe Maddon spoke as optimistically as he has in months about the slugger's return to the lineup.

"It's moving along pretty nicely," Maddon said. "It's very exciting. I am encouraged."

Longoria on Monday played his fourth game, in a five-day span, as the DH for Triple-A Durham, going 1-for-3 with a walk. Overall, Longoria is 2-for-12 with four walks.