|Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria has played just 23 games this season. (US Presswire)|
Rays third baseman Evan Longoria emphasized that "by no means" is his 2012 season over in a conversation with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Longoria hasn't played since April 30 after injuring his left hamstring and even broached the subject of returning as a designated hitter. But he noted there was no decision on that proposition.
Longoria had a setback during his rehab assignment last month. He told Topkin he can run and hit, but feels his hamstring when he's fielding, especially reaching for ground balls on his backhand side.
Longoria has played just 23 games this season, hitting .329/.433/.561 with four home runs. He appeared in two games for Durham before leaving a June 18 game with a flare up of his hamstring injury. He had a hit in his one full game in the minors.