Rays All-Star Third Baseman Scheduled To Return To Durham With Bulls On Thursday
DURHAM, NC – Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is scheduled to continue his current rehab assignment with the Durham Bulls when the team returns home on Thursday, August 2nd. The 2008 American League Rookie of the Year joined the Bulls on the road last Thursday in Gwinnett. A three-time All-Star with two Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award, Longoria famously propelled the Rays to the postseason in 2011 with a dramatic 12th inning walk-off home run on the final day of the regular season.
Longoria has been on the Major League disabled list since May 1st with a partially torn left hamstring. This is his second rehab stint with the Bulls this season, as he played two games with Durham in June before suspending the assignment, going a combined 1-for-5 in games on 6/16 in Lehigh Valley and 6/18 in Rochester. Longoria, the 3rd overall pick in the 2006 June Draft, played in just 23 games for the Rays before suffering the hamstring injury. He was hitting .329 (27-for-97) with 4 HR and 19 RBI when he landed on the DL.
The Long Beach State alum was last an active member of the Bulls in 2008 but only appeared on the road that season, as he was called up to make his Major League debut the day of the Bulls home opener. He played in 31 games for Durham in 2007.
Tickets for all Bulls regular season home games and the 2012 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game are available online at durhambulls.com, by phone at 919.956.BULL, or in person at the DBAP ticket office.