By Matt Snyder
Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria has been missed all but two games this season, due to an oblique injury. He was technically eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, but he's not close to being ready to play in games yet. He will, however, start swinging the bat Tuesday.
Longoria's swings will be of the "dry" variety, meaning he's just taking some hacks and not hitting a ball. He'll have to see how his body responds and move forward from there.
"It's at the point where I'm itching to do more," Longoria said. (MLB.com )
Longoria, 25, is the most important cog in the Rays' batting order. He hit .294 with an .879 OPS and 22 home runs, 104 RBI, 46 doubles, 96 runs and 15 stolen bases last season. He's also won two straight Gold Gloves at third base.
He is planning on a short rehab assignment and reportedly wants to rejoin the Rays before May.
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