Zach Buchanan at azcentral.com posted a story about the rehab process of Cody Ross. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ outfielder is “way ahead of schedule” according to General Manager Kevin Towers, taking live batting practice and running on a certain treadmill at about 75% of his weight. One obstacle that will remain is his sliding hip, which is the one that was dislocated and operated on. Still, Towers believes that there is a chance that Ross could be available to the team by the time April 1st rolls around.
If the 33-year old Ross can somehow show up at Chase Field in two months, it would be considered something of a minor miracle. The prognosis was shortly after he had hurt himself in August with multiple reports stating he could miss a significant part of the 2014 season. It would also mean that a player such as Alfredo Marte will have a limited time with the team before being sent down to the Minors. Once Ross comes back full time and assuming he is 100%, the D’backs will have four legitimate starting outfielders for three spots. We know that Manager Kirk Gibson likes to juggle his lineup and he will have to be at his absolute best keeping this foursome happy and effective. One offshoot of this is that on the days Ross is in the lineup and Gerardo Parra is out of it, the lineup will be chock full of right-handed hitters. Still, there is nothing wrong with getting back a guy that was seriously hurt and is progressing better than anyone could have imagined. With his live bat and playoff-tested mettle, Cody Ross back in the fold earlier than thought is great news for the Snakes.