Longoria won't return to lineup until Wednesday's playoff opener
3B Evan Longoria said he won't return to the lineup until Wednesday's playoff opener.
With his strained left quad feeling better, Longoria has been lobbying Rays officials to let him play again this weekend. But after working out in front of manager Joe Maddon and several other coaches, Longoria basically rested his case.
"I kinda crumbled under the pressure,'' Longoria said. "It's the best thing for everybody. It's the best thing for me to try to get as close to 100 percent as I can be, and in turn hopefully that benefits the team and I don't re-injure myself and end up being out for I don't know how long.''
Longoria said there was a chance he could pinch-hit if the Rays were comfortably ahead and he wouldn't have to run hard just do he could see some live pitches. If not, he would face some Rays pitchers, possibly on Monday or Tuesday.
Longoria said there is no chance he wouldn't be back in the lineup by Wednesday. "Not at all,'' he said. "I'll be playing Wednesday without a doubt. That's the whole point of why I'm not playing now. Healthwise, if I had to put a percentage on right now I'd probably say I was 80 percent. The goal is to be 100 percent come Wednesday.''
Longoria said if tonight was a playoff game he would be in the lineup.