Longoria resuming baseball activities

Longoria resuming baseball activities

ST. PETERSBURG -- Evan Longoria, who has been out with a strained left oblique, was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday. Just one problem: He's not physically able to do so just yet.

"It's at the point where I'm itching to do more," Longoria said.

Longoria said he will "go with dry swings" on Tuesday, which translates to swinging a bat, but not at pitches. After that, he'll wait a day to see how he feels, and he said, "If it feels OK, move on to the next day."

The Rays' All-Star third baseman said he will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip that begins Friday in Toronto.

"The first road trip, I wasn't close to any baseball activity," Longoria said. "So this one, hopefully I'll be hitting off the tee, doing flips, and possibly by the end of the Toronto series, hitting on the field."

Longoria said when the team heads to Minnesota, he'll likely join Double-A Montgomery or Triple-A Durham to get some games under his belt. He speculated he'll be back with the Rays and playing by April 29.