Rays Notes: Longo and DLers Progressing, Allen to Durham

By Robbie Knopf

There has been great news for the Rays on the injury front in recent days. As you can see on The Hub, we’ve heard about the progress of three players with the ability to give Contributions to the Rays in Evan Longoria, Kyle Farnsworth, and Jeff Keppinger.

Longoria is going to start a rehab assignment by the end of next week and hopefully return by around June 20th. The Rays have been 17-17 without him in the linuep and getting him back will be huge. Longoria posted a .994 OPS in 23 games before his hamstring injury on a stolen base attempt.

Farnsworth is set to begin a rehab assignment on June 11th after not pitching since spring training of this year. Farnsworth posted a 2.18 ERA and 25 saves in a great season as the Rays’ closer in 2011 but missed time at the end of the season and all of the 2012 regular season thus far with an elbow sprain. When Farnsworth returns, he’s unlikely to be installed at closer with Fernando Rodney dealing, but if healthy he could be an excellent setup man. I broke down why Farnsworth got injured based on his mechanics here.

Keppinger said on Twitter that he has removed his walking boot after breaking his toe and it shouldn’t be too long before he goes on a rehab assignment as well.

And in other news, Brandon Allen has passed through waivers after being designated for assignment and has been outrighted to Triple-A Durham. It’s nice that he remains in the organization, and we’ll see if he returns to Tampa Bay by the end of the season.