3B Evan Longoria could return as early as the middle of next week if all goes well during his weekend rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham, manager Joe Maddon said Friday.
Longoria, who has missed the past 41 games with a partially torn left hamstring, is scheduled to be the DH tonight for the Bulls then play third base Sunday.
INF Jeff Keppinger (broken right toe) started at DH on Friday and finished 1-for-4 with an RBI. He will play the field today.
Maddon said both players will be re-evaluated Tuesday, when the Rays open a three-game series with the Nationals.
Maddon said initially Longoria would need a 7-10 day rehab assignment, but it appears it might not be that long.
"It could be sooner," Maddon said. "After Tuesday, we'll know, and if there is any kind of hesitation, then it will be about seven days. It could be possibly less if everything goes well."
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Tampa Bay Times | Jun 16