Three-time All-Star infielder Evan Longoria is scheduled to begin a Major League rehab assignment with Durham when the IronPigs and Bulls play Game Three of their series on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. from Coca-Cola Park.
In addition, Rays infielder Jeff Keppinger is scheduled to initiate a rehab stint with Durham during Friday’s 7:05 p.m. home contest. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is the exclusive sponsor of all Major League rehabilitation appearances at Coca-Cola Park.
Please note that only General Admission tickets remain for this weekend’s home games at Coca-Cola Park. General Admission tickets are just $7 and grant fans access to the Capital BlueCross Lawn seating area, the brand-new bar at the Red Robin Tiki Terrace & Oasis along with standing room only areas. Tickets are available at the Coca-Cola Park ticket office, by calling (610) 841-PIGS or online at ironpigsbaseball.com.
Longoria, the 2008 AL Rookie of the Year, has been sidelined on the disabled list with a partially torn left hamstring since May 1. The 26-year-old third baseman was hitting .329 with four home runs and 19 RBI in 23 games this season for the Rays.
The third overall pick in the 2006 draft out of Long Beach State, Longoria made his Major League debut in 2008 and is a career .276 hitter with 117 home runs and 420 RBI in four-plus seasons in Tampa. Barring any setbacks, he is expected to appear in Sunday’s series finale as well.
Keppinger is slated to begin his rehab for Durham on Friday as he recovers from a broken right big toe injury that has kept him on the Disabled List since May 19. The 32-year-old was hitting .295 in 29 games with the Rays prior to suffering the ailment.
The veteran infielder split last season with Houston and San Francisco and is a career .281 hitter during parts of eight Major League seasons. He was originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the 4th round of the 2001 draft.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network comprises a main operation based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and a majority ownership of Good Shepherd Penn Partners based in Philadelphia. More than 62,000 people come to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network each year for specialized programs in orthopedics, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd's Lehigh Valley operation provides rehabilitation services in 8 eastern Pennsylvania counties and operates 21 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility and a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement. For more information, visitwww.HomeRunRehab.com.
The 2012 IronPigs baseball season is presented by Capital BlueCross.