Video: Longoria says rehab moving in "right direction"
Though Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria has yet to resume baseball activities, and there's still no timetable for his return, he insists he hasn't had a huge setback and is actually encouraged that rest was the best decision for his partially torn left hamstring.
Longoria, out since May 1, said it was his precautionary decision to end a minor league rehab stint June 18, and acknowledged he tried "too much, too soon."
"We're not back to square one by any means," Longoria said. "I've actually been feeling better these past couple days than I had at any point throughout the rehab even when I went out to play. Whatever we got post, we're past it. And I think it's just a matter of fighting the urge to go hard right now and letting it heal up to 100 percent."
Longoria said he's "accelerated" his workouts the past couple days, and will wait to get direction from the athletic training staff when he can go through batting practice and fielding drills again. He said he'd have to go through those types of situations, including baserunning drills, before starting another rehab assignment, but believes it'll take "quicker" to go through that process since he's feeling so good.
Longoria he's been through situations before where he's tried to push the rehab more than he should, and plans to play it smart.
"I've already missed enough time as it is, and I don't want my season to be over at this point by doing something stupid," Longoria said.