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Longo sits Saturday with soreness in hamstring, expects to play Sunday for Bulls

Posted Jul 28, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 28, 2012 at 08:07 PM

Evan Longoria was not in Saturday’s Durham Bulls lineup because his left hamstring was sore after playing back-to-back games.

Longoria was the designated hitter Thursday and Friday, going a combined 0-for-6 with two walks, in his first games since he played back-to-back games with the Bulls in mid-June. That he was sore is to be expected due to the long layoff.

The Rays said they will be cautious with Longoria’s comeback, so when he reported the soreness to Rays head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield on Saturday morning, Porterfield decided it was time for a day off.

“He just felt a little bit sore, but nothing abnormal,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said before tonight’s game with the Angels. “He wanted to play, but they talked it over and Ronnie felt, and they agreed, that it was best to let him just sit tonight.”

Maddon said he expects Longoria will play Sunday for the Bulls.

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