Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/8/12

Evan Longoria rejoined the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, playing for the first time since partially tearing his left hamstring April 30.

The news for the Rays was good in what he did -- driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and singling as the designated hitter -- and in how he felt after the 4-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"There was nothing about today that was negative," Longoria said. "We get a win, which was most important. I get an opportunity with the bases loaded, have a good at-bat and come out with a good result. And no setbacks -- felt great, nothing to say about that.

"It was a good day."

The Rays have to guard against expecting too much from him. They still don't know how often Longoria will be able to be in the lineup, or how he'll fare when he has to run hard, or when he might be able to return to third base.

But after going 41-44 without him and struggling most nights for offense, the Rays were glad he was able to rejoin them.

"It's just nice," manager Joe Maddon said, "to have him back."

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