Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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A set-back for Longo, Thompson called up from Durham
Posted Jun 19, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM
WASHINGTON Evan Longoria’s comeback from a partially torn left hamstring has been put on hold after the third baseman removed himself from Monday’s rehab start with Triple A Durham in the third inning after feeling discomfort in the hamstring.
“Wasn’t a re-injury, just felt some discomfort and didn’t want to end up doing further harm,” Longoria tweeted from Rochester, where the Bulls played Monday.
Rays vice president of public relations Rick Vaughn said Longoria will return to the club Tuesday and continue to rehab the injury under the watchful eye of Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield.
Longoria, who suffered the injury April 30, has missed 43 games.
He said June 6 before a Rays game against the Yankees in New York that the injury was healing ahead of schedule and that he thought he begin his minor league rehab stint before the rays completed that road trip June 10 in Miami. That didn’t happen.
The always-cautious Porterfield waited another week before allowing Longoria to begin his rehab. He served as Durham’s DH on Saturday, took Sunday off and started in the field Monday for the first time since he suffered the injury.
Rays manager Joe Maddon said Longoria’s rehab schedule was made through Monday and that the team would review his progress Tuesday. Maddon said late last week that it was possible Longoria could rejoin the Rays this week, perhaps during the three-game series with the Nationals that begins tonight.
Longoria’s teammates were anticipating his return to the lineup, as well.
“Obviously we’d love to have him back right now,” second baseman Ben Zobrist said last Friday. “Injuries take time, and you don’t want to rush him back. We know that when he’s 100 percent he makes a huge difference on our ball club. It’s going to be nice to have guys back 100 percent healthy and just get all cylinders firing. I think he’s even healthy this year than he was last year. If he can get that hammy ready he’s going to be phenomenal this season.”
The Rays recalled OF Rich Thompson to take the place of RHP Brandon Gomes on the roster. Gomes was option to Durham after Sunday’s game. Thompson gives the Rays an option of the bench until DH Luke Scott (back spasms) returns from the DL, which should be June 24.