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Longoria expected to be activated Tuesday

April 27, 2011

By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is expected to return from the disabled list Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon said.Longoria — who went on the disabled with a strained left oblique April 2 — will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Double-A Montgomery, where the club hopes to get the All-Star third baseman 15 at-bats throughout five games.

“Everybody is worried, myself included, about fatigue and soreness — the lingering effects of those first couple of games as opposed to getting the at-bats,” Longoria told the Tampa Tribune.

Maddon said Longoria will bat leadoff while playing four games in five days. Longoria is scheduled to play seven innings Thursday and Friday, then take either Saturday or Sunday off to rest his oblique.

He is then scheduled to play nine innings Monday before being activated before Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays.

“He’ll decide how he feels after the first two, and then if he needs the Saturday, he’ll play Sunday. If he feels good Saturday, he’ll play Saturday and take Sunday off,” Maddon said. “He’ll hit leadoff in each game, so that he’s able to get as many at-bats in as minimal amount of innings possible.”

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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