The Rays were hoping that Evan Longoria would be ready to return at some point this week, but his rehab is now on hold following a setback with his partially torn left hamstring.
Longoria, who began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Saturday, was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the third inning last night. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays said Longoria didn’t want to push it after feeling soreness as he ran to first base.
Longoria later wrote on his Twitter account that it “wasn’t a reinjury” and that he just “didn’t want to end up doing further harm.” However, he will rejoin the Rays today in D.C. and is now sidelined indefinitely.
Longoria was batting .329/.433/.561 with four home runs, 19 RBI and a .994 OPS in 97 plate appearances prior to the initial injury in late April. The Rays have gone 22-21 during his absence and currently sit at 37-29 on the year, four games behind the surging Yankees in the American League East.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.