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Longo’s return ‘not around the corner’

Posted Jul 6, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Jul 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM

The Rays waited until after Friday’s win to announce that third baseman Evan Longoria won’t resume baseball activities for another week, a move that pushes back a possible return date indefinitely.

“It’s not right around the corner,” manager Joe Maddon said after the Rays 10-3 win against the Indians.

Longoria, who partially tore his left hamstring April 30, missed his 59th game Friday and will miss many more since he has to get his leg in shape to begin a minor league rehab assignment then use those games to get the rest of his body and his swing into major league game shape.

The three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner had hoped to be playing now, but he reinjured the hamstring June 18 while playing for Triple A Durham during the second game of a minor league rehab assignment.

Longoria denied he reinjured his hamstring, but missing at least another month is more than a setback. He said he would rely on head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield to lead the rehab processes instead of trying to push his way through a rehab for an injury that is normally later than sooner.

“The whole thing is we got to be patient with it, let Ronnie do his thing, and see where it takes us,” Maddon said.

The Rays are 29-32 since Longoria went on the disabled list.

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