Longoria delayed in return to baseball activities

Longoria delayed in return to baseball activities

Longoria delayed in return to baseball activities
CLEVELAND -- Evan Longoria will not resume baseball activities until after the All-Star Break.

That means the Rays could be without their third baseman for a significant amount of time following the break, since he will have to take part in baseball activities before getting ready for a rehab assignment in advance of rejoining the team.

"It's not right around the corner," said Rays manager Joe Maddon about Longoria's return.

Longoria, who was hitting .329 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 23 games before his injury on April 30, will not be on a timetable for his return, as the Rays want to take a cautious approach so that when he does return, he will not have any setbacks.

Longoria was in the midst of a rehab assignment on June 18 when he had to leave the game for Triple-A Durham after feeling discomfort in his partially-torn left hamstring.

That came in the second game of his rehab assignment with the Bulls when he felt soreness while running to first base. That prompted him to be lifted for a pinch-hitter in the third inning in Rochester.