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Reports are good on Longoria's hamstring; is just day-to-day

UPDATE (4:25 p.m.) Evan Longoria said his injured left hamstring feels a lot better than he anticipated and said he hopes he can be back in the lineup tomorrow or shoot for Friday's series opener in New York.

Longoria did some baseball activities this afternoon, with light jogging and throwing, and felt fine, though he admitted he was still a little sore.

He said being designated hitter the past two games helped him get off his feet but also got him out of his usual routine, which may have contributed to the injury.

"I think with a couple days at DH I got out of my routine that I had been doing the past two years, and I think it messed me up a little bit. Whenever I can do all the things I normally do to get ready for a game, that will probably be when I'm ready to go, hopefully that's either tommorrow or the next day."

Manager Joe Maddon was equally encouraged with how Longoria was feeling, but said they will be cautious with him, likely saving him for Friday's game.

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Evan Longoria underwent an MRI on his injured left hamstring Wednesday, and the reports were good, with executive VP Andrew Friedman saying they're "very optimistic" he won't need to go on the disabled list, and that he's just "day-to-day."

Friedman said Longoria is still sore, and likely won't play tonight. But they're confident they'll have him back relatively soon.

“The report was good,”  Friedman said. “It’s the proverbial day-to-day, but we’re very optimistic that we’re going to avoid a DL situation. He’s a little sore today, so I don’t foresee him playing tonight. That said, I’m confident that we will get him back relatively soon.”

Longoria suffered the injury in Tuesday night's game in the sixth inning, when he felt tightness in his hamstring after grounding out. He said at the time he didn't consider it serious, that he didn't feel a pop, or pull, but the Rays wanted to make sure and get an MRI.

He's spent several hours today getting tested and treated. At around 2:30, Longoria came out with head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield, and started doing some light jogging in the outfield, and also played catch (likely testing his sore arm, which led him to play DH the last two games). We'll catch up with him when we head into the clubhouse around 3:40.

Longoria, the majors leader in RBI, is the AL's leading vote-getter for the All-Star game.

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:47am]

    

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