<
>

Evan Longoria says he's 85-90 percent

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Just like the Rangers are following the progress of outfielders David Murphy and Josh Hamilton, the Rays are carefully monitoring Evan Longoria.

The third baseman did not play in the final 10 games of the season with a strained left quadriceps. He said Tuesday that it's going to be "probably 85, 90 percent."

"I think holding back that last series was the best thing for it," Longoria said. "In the last four days, it's probably progressed the most. I'm excited to be back."

Longoria said he wasn't too concerned about his timing. He noted that in 2009 he missed about a week with a hamstring injury and came back strong. He said he took five live at-bats off one of the Rays' pitchers and was happy with the results.

"I felt just as comfortable as I felt when I left," Longoria said.