Evan Longoria played his second rehab game at DH for Triple-A Durham on Friday with no apparent issues from his previously torn left hamstring. But even if all goes well, he likely won't rejoin the Rays until they return home from the current road trip Aug. 3.
Despite the seemingly accelerated program to send Longoria out to play, manager Joe Maddon said they will be cautious in their handling of him. "You've got to literally play day-by-day with this one," he said.
When Longoria headed to Durham on Wednesday night, Maddon said it could be just a three- or four-game stay, which would have had Longoria re-joining the team Monday in Oakland. But realistically, probably not.
"It's based on how he feels," Maddon said. "Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? Probably not. More than likely I would say once we get back that would be a better bet, if it's in fact going to happen that quickly."
Decisions on his activity and progress will be made daily, based on Longoria's input and the assessment of the training staff, led by Ron Porterfield, with the team having final approval.
Longoria went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first game Thursday, then tweeted Friday that he woke up "feeling good" and would play again Friday, when he again went 0-for-3 with a walk. Maddon said the reports from Thursday were fine, though "pretty innocuous" since Longoria wasn't testing running.
The Bulls were busing overnight from Lawrenceville, Ga., to play in Norfolk tonight, but Longoria will fly this morning, though he still may get the night off.
Evan Longoria has no healthy issues through two games
Tampa Bay Times | Jul 28