Evan Longoria Begins Rehab Assignment Saturday

Remember Evan Longoria?

He played baseball for the Rays, that is, until he suffered a hamstring tear at the end of April. He was off to a great start this year, hitting 329/.433/.561 with four homers and seven doubles in 82 at-bats. When the injury occurred, it was thought Longoria would be out six to eight weeks. That timetable looks pretty accurate; he’s heading for a rehab assignment starting this weekend (and Jeff Keppinger will join him). Adam Berry:

Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) will use Friday as a workout day while Keppinger (broken big right toe) serves as the Bulls’ designated hitter. On Saturday, Keppinger will play the field and Longoria will be Durham’s DH.

Both players ran the bases before Thursday’s 9-6 loss to the Mets. Manager Joe Maddon said he was pleased with the progress they’re making but has no timetable for their return.

The Rays could use Longoria’s bat. They were 15-8 when he got hurt and are 20-20 without him.

For more on the Rays, please visit DRays Bay and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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