3B Evan Longoria took early fielding practice and hit with the rest of the team before Monday's game with the Astros, his first on-field activity since leaving Friday's game with a tear in the plantar fascia of his right foot.


"It didn't really bother me a whole lot," he said.


The tear is actually a good thing with this injury. It accelerates the healing process. Because of that, there is a strong sense among the Rays that Longoria will avoid a trip to the disabled list.


"It's an awkward injury," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's pretty much pain tolerance."


Longoria had been playing with plantar fasciitis for more than a month and it popped on him while running to first base during the second inning Friday night.


"It just had gotten a lot worse that day," he said. "It just got to the point where I couldn't really do much more other than take a few days off. Whether it was a tear or something in there, they say that makes it better. Hopefully we can move forward after this."


Longoria said he's been lobbying executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman to remain on the active roster.


"I know in like three days after (going on the DL) it's going to feel good," Longoria said. "I think I'm going to try and make them hold off as long as they can. Andrew is pretty confident I don't have to, so I don't think I'm going to have to go."


Maddon said before Monday's game that he believed Longoria would be available to pinch hit and he hopes Longoria will return to the lineup at some point during this series.