ST. PETERSBURG - MAY 01: Infielder Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws over to first for an out against the Kansas City Royals during the game at Tropicana Field on May 1, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Longoria was pulled for a pinch hitter in the third inning of a rehab game at Triple-A Durham yesterday after feeling discomfort in his hamstring. Expected to return to the Rays' roster some time this week, the 26-year-old is now sidelined indefinitely.
The 2008 Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star attempted to downplay the severity of the setback, claiming it was not a "reinjury", but the lack of a timetable must be worrying for fans and the front office alike.
Longoria began his rehab stint on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a single as the designated hitter, and got the start at DH on Monday as well prior to being pulled from the game. Out since May 3 with his injury, the Rays have gone just 22-21in Longoria's absence.