Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria has hamstring surgery

Longoria has surgery for injured hamstring

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays' new $100 million man wasn't at full speed Monday.

Third baseman Evan Longoria underwent a surgical procedure last week to "clean up" the injured left hamstring that caused him to miss more than half of last season. He said he fully expects to be ready for the mid-February start of spring training.

"With the time we had there's no doubt that I'd be able to recover and be at 100 percent or close to by (the start of) spring training," he said.

The procedure, which removed scar tissue, was done Nov. 20 in Texas by hamstring specialist Dr. Daniel Cooper. He has operated on a number of other pro athletes, including Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson.

Longoria, who said at the end of the season he wouldn't undergo surgery, went back and forth in the weeks since. After consulting with Cooper and team officials, he decided to have the procedure, thinking that "it's going to be better than ever."

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

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