Cody Ross has been on the disabled list since the start of the season. He was one of many players on the Arizona Diamondbacks' roster to start the season injured. Fortunately, it seems Ross is closing in on making his return. In fact, he may even make his season debut this week.
According to Nick Piercoro of the Arizona Republic, Ross could return to the lineup as early as Friday. Ross has been playing in minor league rehab games over the last week. In two minor league games, Ross is hitless. But he's feeling better and could be ready to go. Piercoro says Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson made it sound that way, at least.
The Diamondbacks signed Ross back in December for two years. He had previously been with the Boston Red Sox where he managed to produce enough to draw quite a bit of attention on the free agent market. Ross has always been respected as a hard-working player, and he fits in perfectly with the Diamondbacks new plan of only playing "gritty" players.
A lower leg strain has kept Ross out of action with Arizona to this point. He suffered the injury at the end of spring. When Ross does return to the lineup, the already hot Diamondbacks will get another boost. Ross can provide additional power and defense to the lineup.
In his career, Ross is a .262/.324/.460 hitter. He hit 22 home runs with Boston Last year, and Arizona is hoping he can replicate much of that production in 2013. With the Diamondbacks starting the season 5-2, Ross may be able to help keep the hot streak alive and help Arizona continue to get off to a good start. That will be important for a club that disappointed so much last year.
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