The grimaces arise when he tries to backhand a ground ball or when he is pressed to provide a date for his return to the Rays lineup.

3B Evan Longoria desperately wishes he could do both. For now, his left hamstring allows him to do neither.

Speaking at length about his injury for the first time in at least a couple of weeks, Longoria said Friday that he still doesn't know when he will return. All he will say for sure is, his season's not over.

"I've seen a lot of reports and a lot of people talking about how my year's done. I don't believe my year's done by any means," said Longoria, absent since April 30.

"But I wish I could give anybody a concrete time frame. There are a lot of things I can do, and it just feels like sometimes I'm so close, and sometimes I'm still so far away. So that being said, I've just got to continue to strengthen it."

Longoria, who had a setback during a mid-June minor-league rehab stint, said he swings the bat "pain-free" and even asked the training staff about the possibility of a DH role. But he can't yet make all the plays in the field.

"The main thing is just trying to go for a backhanded ground ball. But other than that, I swing the bat fine," he said.

"I've been jogging and getting up to pretty good speeds, and none of that really bothers me. But again, there's just a couple of things that bother me, and I really hate having to tell people that I don't know, but it's the truth. I really can't give anybody a date."