Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 3/5/13
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross will be shut down for two to three weeks with a lower left leg injury, but he expects to be back in time to prepare himself enough for Opening Day. An MRI on Monday showed a strained muscle in his lower left calf, and Ross seemed very optimistic about a quick recovery. "It's just a little minor setback," Ross said. "I'm just glad it's at this time and not later on in the spring or during the season. "I figure give it a couple weeks of treatment and strengthening it. I'm just going by their plan. We've got a great group of trainers that are going to kind of coach me along and get me back out there as quick as I can without possible re-injury. Luckily we have time." Ross, 32, signed a three-year deal with the D-backs this winter and replaces Justin Upton, who the D-backs traded to Atlanta in January, in right field. Ross spent last season with the Boston Red Sox, hitting .267 with 81 RBI, 22 home runs and a .326 on-base percentage. Should Ross be ready to play again in two weeks, he would have 10 games in 12 days to get ready for Opening Day. Even that could be cutting it close, but if the recovery takes three weeks, Ross would have just five games to play before Opening Day and would finish with just nine Cactus League appearances. Luckily for the D-backs, the outfield is a position of depth. Gerardo Parra, who would likely start if Ross's injury heals slowly, can play all three spots, and A.J. Pollock and Tony Campana provide additional depth. Still, Ross is confident he can be ready to go nine innings with even just a few games to prepare. "I've gone to spring trainings and had little stuff like this where I only had a few games to get ready to play," Ross said. "As long as I can go on April 1, that's all I care about. "As long as I feel healthy and can push it and not hold back, I dont see any reason why I shouldn't be ready to go." Ross isn't sure how the injury happened. He first felt it March 1, was held out two games and returned last Sunday. He played three innings before exiting with more tightness and was sent for an MRI. Ross said he will still be able to hit and throw over the next couple weeks because he only feels the injury when he runs. He said he and the medical staff have discussed going over to the minor-league side of camp and standing in for some at-bats so he's still seeing live pitching. Ross said he's frustrated to have his first spring training with the D-backs disrupted. "I feel terrible," Ross said. "Obviously I wanted to come in and play and get accustomed to playing with my team. To have this setback, it stinks. But there's nothing I can do about it now except be positive and look forward to getting back out there with them."
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