The Tampa Bay Rays are 21-21 without Evan Longoria in the lineup this season. They are 15-8 in games he's started at the hot corner. So getting him back is certainly a big deal. Saturday night provided a promising first step.
"I felt good out there," Longoria said after his first rehab game for Triple-A Durham (MLB.com). "I was very satisfied with the way I felt. I felt like all my swings were as hard as I could, and I didn't feel any pain or soreness or grabbing. The running was fine. All positive things."
Longoria went 1-for-4 in the game, serving as a designated hitter. He'll take a day off Sunday before getting back in the lineup Monday. There's no set timetable for his return to the Rays.
Longoria, 26, has been sidelined since partially tearing his left hamstring April 30. He was hitting .329/.433/.561 with four homers, 19 RBI, 15 runs and seven doubles in 23 games prior to the injury.