Longoria will be back Tuesday
The Rays just announced that Evan Longoria will be activated for Tuesday's game. Will Rhymes was optioned back to Durham.
Longoria, a three-time All-Star, hasn't played since April 30 due to a partially torn left hamstring, leaving a significant hole in the Rays lineup. He's coming off an eight-game minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham, where he worked exclusively at designated hitter, going 5-for-25 with seven walks.
Longoria will be limited to DH duties, and probably won't be able to play everyday as the Rays ease him back into it. He'll also need some time to re-acclimate to big-league pitching, but Longoria's return will surely boost an offense that has scored three or fewer runs 11 of its past 14 games.
"It definitely does something different to your lineup regarding who hits where, that kind of stuff," Maddon said Sunday. "No question it would have some kind of positive impact. A hitter of his magnitude in your lineup always does. But my expectations aren't that he's just going to come in and just start railing on the baseball. … I believe he's going to have to work his way through it and get back up to speed with major-league baseball players playing in August."
Prior to the injury, Longoria had started all 23 of the Rays games this season at third base. He hit .329 (27-for-82) with four home runs, 19 RBI, seven doubles, a .433 on-base percentage and .561 slugging percentage. The Rays were 15-8 in those 23 games, but are 41-44 since he was sidelined. In 2011 he led the club in home runs (31), RBI (99) and walks (80) despite missing 26 games within the first month of the season.