The Tampa Bay Rays, currently sitting in third place in the American League East, may soon have third baseman Evan Longoria back in their lineup.
#Rays Longoria headed to join Durham for rehab assignment, working strictly as DH
— Joe Smith (@TBTimesRays2) July 25, 2012
Longoria, who has been out since May 1st with a partially torn hamstring, is expected to return to the Rays lineup as the full-time DH. His return to third base will depend on how the hamstring holds up over the remainder of the season.
This season, the three-time All-Star has posted a .329/.433/.561 line with four home runs. In his absence, the Rays have gone 34-39.
The odd man odd when he returns may be infielder Brooks Conrad, who has appeared in 20 games this season for Tampa, hitting .192/..236/.404 with two home runs.