Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria, who is out with a hamstring injury, could begin a rehab assignment within two weeks and return to the big league club by the end of June.
Longoria has missed 28 games going into Saturday with a partially torn left hamstring.
The Tampa Tribune reported that Longoria has progressed to the point in which he can hit and field daily on the stadium field. The newspaper reported that he will accompany the team on the upcoming road trip to New York and Miami.
The Rays are 14-14 without their star third baseman.
Also, left fielder Desmond Jennings (sprained left knee) began his minor league rehab assignment Thursday and is expected to rejoin the team next week.