Very bad news came out of Triple-A Durham's game last night. Just when it seemed as Evan Longoria was finally returning to give the Rays a much-needed boost, it looks like they'll have to wait at least a little while longer.
After his first at bat of the game (grounded out) as the DH for the Bulls, Longoria was removed from the game due to some discomfort in his partially torn hamstring.
Longo's rehab stint has been suspended and there's still no timetable set for the date of his return. He'll join the Rays this week in Washington DC and will likely be re-evaluated there.
Longoria played two games in his minor league rehab stint—both with Durham—and went 1-5 with a single as the Bulls' DH.
He's the second MLB star to suffer a setback this season by re-aggravating his injured hamstring, as Los Angeles' Matt Kemp has also missed plenty of time with his injury.
Longoria did give us optimism, however, saying this after the game:
"Wasn't a reinjury, just felt some discomfort and didn`t want to end up doing further harm. Thanks for the well wishes, I`m sad that I cant be back yet."
Other Rays news:
- Left fielder Rich Thompson was called up yesterday to replace recently-demoted Brandon Gomes on the active roster. Thompson has hit .063 with an RBI and two stolen bases in eight games for the Rays this year.
- Jeff Keppinger went 2-4 in Durham's game last night as he continues to progress well.
- The Yankees won their 10th straight game last night, beating the Braves 6-2 in the Bronx. The Orioles lost to the Mets 5-0, as R.A. Dickey amazingly pitched his second straight one-hitter (last time against the Rays). the Rays are now four games behind New York and 1.5 games behind Baltimore.