Longoria: Season not over "by any means"
Rays 3B Evan Longoria said today he doesn't believe his season is over "by any means," but he, like the team, doesn't know when his left hamstring will be healed enough for him to return to action.
"I really hate having to tell people that I don't know, but it's the truth,'' he said. "I really can't give anybody a date.''
Longoria acknowledged there hasn't been much progress since his June 18 setback, and that he can hit and run but feels the discomfort in the field, specificially reaching for ground balls on the backhand side.
"There are a lot of things that I can do,'' he said, "and it just feels like sometimes I'm so close and sometimes I'm still so far away.''
Longoria said he otherwise he feels well, that he has been swinging the bat and jogging "up to a good speed.'' Friday, he even asked the training staff today about the possibility of returning as a DH, though there was no decision.
Longoria has been out since April 30. He said he is frustrated by the length of the absence.
"I don't think that the year is over with,'' he said. "Nobody's told me that, I haven't told myself that. So I just continue to push forward, and hopefully whether it's in two days, two weeks or two months at some point I'll be able to play again. I've just got to try and stay as positive and confident as a I can.''
Asked about people thinking it was wrong for him to go to ESPYs when rehabbing, Longoria said: "That's stupid. It angers you at some point. I can walk around. I'm still allowed to have fun.''