Joe Maddon spoke with the media yesterday about Evan Longoria and his injured hamstring (via Joe Smith of TampaBay.com). And he doesn’t sound very optimistic…
“I don’t think we’re going to see a whole lot of advancement right now in the near future…It definitely was a setback, there’s no question about it…It wasn’t a good thing. It could be something that he could get over rather quickly; we just have to play it right, right now, but definitely not something we were looking for.”
Longoria was pulled from a rehab assignment after experiencing “discomfort” in the same hamstring he tore earlier in the season. And at the time, there were at least some concerns from the folks in Durham that Longo had re-torn the hamstring.
However, two days later, Longoria told the media that he was “pretty sore” but that he “[didn't] view it as a huge setback.” But the quotes from Maddon does make it sound like a major setback, and that something happened that was worse than just soreness.
So, how long will Longoria be out?
After the first injury, Longo missed seven weeks before starting a rehab assignment. If there is a new tear, you can be sure it will be more than seven weeks this time.
Seven weeks from the re-injury would be early August. Ten weeks would be early September and there might not even be minor league games for a rehab assignment (Durham Bulls season ends Sept. 3).
Should we be concerned that Longoria is out for the season? Probably not. But there is a real possibility we won’t see him back in a Rays uniform until September, and he will be rusty.