CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Longoria tested on the bases in first game back

All-Star says hamstring feels good running in spring debut after offseason surgery

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Evan Longoria made his first spring appearance in Tuesday afternoon's rain-shortened Rays win over the Astros, and the All-Star third baseman had an eventful three innings.

After a season that saw him miss 85 games due to a partially torn left hamstring, Longoria had minor offseason surgery on Nov. 21 to correct the problem. The leg held up well Tuesday after several tests.

More

"I definitely got my baserunning in today," Longoria said. "That's always the way it works. The first day out you get tested. And I'm glad I got it out of the way early. I felt great. I've pretty much covered all ends of the spectrum as far as running goes."

Longoria had two at-bats, collecting a bloop single in the first and a single that skipped over the shortstop's glove in the second. On both occasions he had to run the bases. He got thrown out at home trying to score from second on Shelley Duncan's first-inning single, and Longoria scored from first on Leslie Anderson's triple in the second.

"That last ball I hit to the shortstop would have been the final straw," Longoria said. "I would have had to try and leg out a single. But I went hard into second trying to break up a double play. Tried to score from second and scored on a [triple] from first, so all in all it was a good day.

"I felt good. I felt like it was normal. I don't know how it looks. But I know is that it feels and it looks like it feels 100 percent better than it did at the end of the season last year, and that's all that really matters. Now just continue to work hard and progress and just be happy that I'm healthy and on the field."

Longoria slid into home when he got thrown out in the first.

"I wasn't going to stop, because I was already pretty much committed," Longoria said. "I was looking at [third-base coach Tom Foley] the whole time, waiting for him to put up his hands. Usually he's down the line more where he gives you a chance to look at him a little longer, but he was right at the bag. He said he was yelling stop, but in the moment, you can't really hear anything.

"I was looking for hands and I didn't get them, because at that point, it would have been harder to stop than to just keep going. We almost got a run out of it. The ball could have hit me or anything could have happened. The guy made a good throw."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said "it was good to see [Longoria] run a little bit."

Longoria missed three days in camp last week due to the birth of his daughter before rejoining the team Saturday.

"I was just really happy to be out there today and get tested and get through that stuff," Longoria said. "And get a couple of at-bats."

Less