St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan (26) tags out Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) on a stolen base attempt in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Evan Longoria Returning To Action

Evan Longoria's rehabilitation from a hamstring injury is complete, or at least that's what the Rays hope; they're activating him Tuesday.

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Evan Longoria Activated By Rays

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria suffered a freak hamstring injury sliding into second base on a stolen-base attempt back in April. Since then, he spent nearly two months doing nothing, then aggravated the injury during his rehab assignment.

Now, however, the Rays will have him back:

Longoria did play Sunday for his final rehab game:

Longoria felt good enough to play Sunday for Triple-A Durham, when an off-day was expected.

Longoria went 2-for-3 with a pair of line-drive singles in Durham’s 6-4 loss against Gwinnett. Overall, Longoria has batted .200 (5-for-25, all as the designated hitter) in his eight-game rehabilitation assignment.

Longoria was off to a tremendous start — .329/.433/.561 in 82 at-bats — before the injury, and the Rays were 15-8 when he went down with the injury. They’re 41-44 since, so they’re hoping he can help jump-start their offense in the tight AL wild-card race.

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

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Evan Longoria Aggravates Hamstring During Rehab Assignment

Evan Longoria gave the Rays a .329/.433/.561 triple-slash with four home runs and seven doubles in 82 at-bats in a torrid start to his 2012 season. Since sustaining a torn hamstring, though, he's given them nothing, and has been slow to recuperate. Monday night is part and parcel with that trend, as Longoria left a rehab assignment and suspended his recovery after aggravating the injury, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Longoria felt soreness while running to first base in a game for triple-A Durham, and was removed for a pinch-runner. He will rejoin the Rays in Washington on Tuesday and continue his rehab with the team.

Tampa Bay was 15-8 before Longoria's injury, which has kept him out since May 3. Since then, the Rays have gone just 22-21, and sit four games behind the streaking Yankees in the AL East and in second place in the AL Wild Card standings.

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

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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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