Tampa Bay Rays third baseman and three-time American League All-Star Evan Longoria is returning to Riverwalk Stadium to rehab with the Montgomery Biscuits. He'll join the team Thursday night and is tentatively scheduled to remain with the team through Monday.
The 25-year-old was part of both Biscuits championship seasons (2006 and 2007), and brought home the Southern League MVP trophy following a 2007 season during which he hit .307 while cranking a Biscuits record 21 homers and driving home 76.
He was sidelined on April 3rd with a left oblique strain suffered in the second game of the season, and began taking live BP again for the first time this past weekend. "The minors are all about developing players, and Evan is someone that Biscuits fans were lucky enough to see develop," said Biscuits General Manager Marla Terranova. "We're thrilled that our fans are getting the chance to see him wear the butter and blue once again."
A career .282 hitter, the former Long Beach State Dirtbag has clubbed more than 80 homers and driven in over 300 RBI in his three big league seasons. His 27 long-balls and 85 RBI during his rookie campaign of 2008 were enough to earn him American League Rookie of the Year honors, and he's yet to have a season where he wasn't named an All-Star.
Off-the-field highlights for Longoria have included gracing the cover of the Major League Baseball 2K10 video game, and endorsement deals with Gillette and New Era.