SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It has looked more and more likely for the last week or so that Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross will not be ready in time for Opening Day as he rehabs a strained soleus muscle in his left calf.
Ross said Sunday, however, that he is still targeting a return on Opening Day, although he also is being cautious not to make the injury into a bigger issue.
"At the end of the day, it's better if you take the extra time and you're healthy down the stretch as opposed to playing Opening Day and blowing out," Ross said. "The goal is to be ready Opening Day still, without compromising (my health)."
Ross was shut down from running on March 5 but has been throwing and hitting. He got 10 at-bats in a minor league game Saturday and was scheduled to get the same Sunday, so at-bats before Opening Day shouldn't be an issue. Ross also has been running on a weight-bearing treadmill, most recently at 60 percent of his body weight. He was set to do so again Sunday, and if it went ...