As long as Evan Longoria thought about and prepared for his anticipated return to third base, he was still nervous, and hesitant about when the right time was.

That's why Longoria left the "tough decision" in the hands of Rays manager Joe Maddon, who told him he was ready by penciling the three-time All-Star into the lineup at third Tuesday for the first time since he suffered a partially torn left hamstring April 30.

Considering how well Longoria had felt after his first 12 games at DH since coming off the disabled list, Maddon said the Rays targeted Tuesday to put him back in the field, coinciding with Luke Scott coming off the disabled list.