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Longoria return "not right around the corner"

Third baseman Evan Longoria will not be returning to the Rays lineup anytime soon.

The team said after Friday's game that Longoria, out since April 30 with a partial left hamstring tear, would not resume baseball acitivities until after the break, which runs Monday-Thursday. Though there is no official timetable, he likely would need several weeks to get ready once he does.

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged his return is "not right around the corner.'' 

Longoria has been working out in St. Petersburg with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield. 

 “The whole thing is we’ve just got to be patient with it, let Ronnie do his thing and let Longo work and then just see where it takes us,'' Maddon said.

Longoria will take a break from his rehab next week to attend the ESPY awards on Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Longoria appeared close to a return when he joined Triple-A Durham for a rehab assignment in mid-June, but pulled himself out of the second game on June 18 when he felt a tweak in the hamstring.

 

[Last modified: Sunday, August 5, 2012 12:39am]

    

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