The Arizona Diamondbacks, specifically Cody Ross, received some more good news today. Steve Gilbert at mlb.com writes that Ross has been cleared to participate in all Spring Training activities. The 33-year old outfielder met with Dr. Anthony Rhorer, the man who performed surgery on his hip last August. The good doctor seems surprised by his patient’s progress and has given him the green light for camp activities. One group of people holding back Ross is the team’s trainers who have consistently slowed him down when they feel he is pushing himself too hard. For instance, he has done some jogging in the outfield only to start going a little harder. He has also taken some fly balls during batting practice but has yet to run really hard on the ground.
With the (almost) clean bill of health, Ross is optimistic that he could make the trip to Australia for the season-opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He feels more strongly being able to play in the home opener March 31st vs. the San Francisco Giants. At the rate he is going, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ross’s name in the lineup starting game two Down Under. Is this a sign that thing will go the D’backs’ way in 2014?