Longoria returns to camp after 2 days of illness

Longoria returns to camp after 2 days of illness

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- After missing two days of workouts with a bug, Evan Longoria was back with the Rays on Wednesday.

"Rough couple of days," Longoria said. "I feel much, much better today. Just fever and aches. Couldn't kick it. Last night was a sweat bucket, but I finally got it out of my system.

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"No vomiting, no diarrhea, thank goodness. So I didn't lose much weight. I actually had an appetite, I just didn't have any energy."

Longoria showed up to the complex on Tuesday, but had no intentions of taking part in the workout.

"I had no medicine at home," Longoria said. "For whatever reason, I didn't go to the [drugstore or] whatever. Obviously, I didn't have any antibiotics. I thought I might go see the doctor."

He didn't go to the doctor, but he did get the medicine he needed from the Rays.

"I was just pretty miserable," Longoria said. "Happy to be back."

Tony Clark visits Rays
Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark visited camp on Wednesday to talk to the players.

"Any time Tony speaks, you could listen to that guy speak all day," Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr., said. "He just speaks with an assertive tone and with some direction. I think it was great to hear what their ideas were with the future of the [Collective Bargaining Agreement]. Getting the reality of what really is going on is nice."

When asked about the Rays' stadium situation and the progress being made, Clark noted, "That is an ongoing conversation that is of interest to us for obvious reasons, and we know of interest to the club and of MLB as well."

Last week, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was optimistic about the situation. When told of Manfred's comment, Clark replied, "Optimistic is probably a good word to use."

Team takes cover
The Rays' workouts were forced indoors Wednesday due to the rain. Manager Kevin Cash noted the weather did not upset camp too much.

"If it was going to rain, it was a perfect day to rain," Cash said. "Good day to just kind of back off a little bit."

Eleven pitchers threw bullpen sessions under cover. Any hitters who wanted to take batting practice were invited to stick around to do so after the pitchers were done.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.