Cody Ross set to return Friday for the Diamondbacks


Aug. 11, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross reacts in pain as he is tended to by paramedics after suffering an injury running to first base in the first inning against the New York Mets at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cody Ross is set to return to the Diamondbacks lineup this weekend when the Dbacks take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Ross was expected to return to the Diamondbacks today when the Dbacks take on the Mets at Chase Field but he had set back in his rehab and will continue to play for Triple A Reno until this weekend. Diamondbacks beat writer Nick Piecoro who writes for the Arizona Republic tweeted about the news: “Ross had a mini-setback during his rehab assignment when he felt a little twinge in his side, but he’s played the last few days with no issues. As long as he doesn’t encounter any more bumps in the road, he’ll be back this weekend.” Ross was injured his hip last August against the Mets while running down the first base line and hasn’t been back sense.

Once Ross comes back the question will be who gets the playing time? Mark Trumbo is one of the hottest hitters in the National League, leading the league with 6 home runs and 18 RBI’s and he figures to play everyday in left despite his defensive struggles. I have a hard time believing that Gerardo Parra will get a ton of playing time taken away considering his value in the outfield and the leadoff spot. I have a feeling that A.J Pollack who has struggled this season in center field will get less playing time and Ross will start more. Tony Campana has been starting alot for Pollack anyway and playing better than A.J. Whatever the Dbacks do, its good to have Cody’s bat back in the lineup. The Dbacks could send down a pitcher or OF Tony Campana. Its more likely they will send down a pitcher until Ross can get used to major league pitching again. Plus Campana has been playing well to start the year and is a weapon late in games off the bench.