April 30, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan (26) tags out Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) on a stolen base attempt in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Evan Longoria Injury: Rays 3B Says Rehab Is Going Well

Evan Longoria pulled his hamstring on an awkward slide into second base on Monday night, and reports are estimating he could be out from 4-8 Weeks.

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Evan Longoria Injury: Rays 3B Targets Mid-June Return

The Tampa Bay Rays are in the middle of a series with the New York Yankees, but they got some good news on the possible return of third baseman of Evan Longoria. Longoria was slated to be out as much as eight weeks after tearing his hamestring, but is targeting a mid-June return according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

Longoria, out since early May with a partially torn left hamstring, said the big tests will be the mental and physical hurdle of acceleration and baserunning drills the next couple days. If all goes well he could start rehab assignment around the end of this trip.

The Rays have been up and down without Longoria in the lineup, but getting has bat back in there can only help.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Yankees blog Pinstripe Alley. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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