WASHINGTON -- Evan Longoria joined the Rays at Nationals Park on Tuesday after leaving Monday's night's game for Triple-A Durham after feeling discomfort in his partially torn left hamstring.
"It didn't feel too bad, it definitely wasn't like it had happened, it wasn't a re-injury, I don't know," said Longoria, who will travel to the Tampa area on Wednesday to continue his rehab. "I woke up and I felt fine. My range of motion was there, we did strength tests [Monday] night. ... I could hold my leg with some resistance throughout the course of the evaluation after game, I felt pretty good. But it's pretty sore today."
The Rays' third baseman was playing in the second game of his rehab assignment with the Bulls and grounded out in the first inning and did not feel bad running to first. Later when he stretched, he felt what he described as a "tweak" in his left hamstring and that prompted him to be lifted for a pinch-hitter in the third inning in Rochester.
Longoria, who was hitting .329 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 23 games before his injury on April 30, will not have a timetable for his return. The Rays want to take a cautious approach so that when he does return, he will not have any setbacks.
"It's kind of tough to say, timetables-wise [when I'll be back]," Longoria said. "I think the smartest thing to do now is kind of wait it out until it's fully healed and go from there."
Longoria said he doesn't believe he will have to see a doctor.
"I didn't feel a pop, I didn't feel anything, any kind of sensation like I did in the beginning, which is a good sign in my own mind," Longoria said. "So I don't think I'll see a doctor. I think we'll just give it a day or two and see how it's feeling. If that soreness goes away in the next couple days and reevaluate from there. That's kind of what we we're doing down there, just taking it day by day."