By his own estimation, Tampa Bay Rays 3B Evan Longoria should be in the process of playing his way back into game-shape during a minor league rehab stint. Instead, he's still with the team.
Manager Joe Maddon said Longoria is scheduled to run the bases before Thursday afternoon's game against the Mets, and that will determine when he will begin his rehab.
"If everything goes well, we might be able to move it along from there," Maddon said. "There's no setbacks, there's no concerns, there's no problems, it's just a hamstring. With the hamstring, you have to be extremely prudent and wise because the threat is that if you try to push him back too soon, it could really retard your ability to come back at a decent time. We wanted to make sure that he's well."
Longoria missed his 38th game Tuesday because of a partially torn left hamstring suffered April 30. He said last week while the team was in New York that he hoped to begin his rehab while the team was still on the road and that he planned to be back by the middle of the month. Those plans have obviously been pushed back.
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