Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/11/12
PHOENIX The Diamondbacks reunion is getting closer by the day. Chris Young could join the D-backs on their seven-game road trip next week, manager Kirk Gibson said Friday, if all goes well on a short rehabilitation assignment that is expected to begin Monday. Daniel Hudsons target return date is May 27, Gibson said. Gibson played coy when asked what their return could mean, saying Well find out. The answer seems apparent the D-backs are 7-13 since both went on the disabled list with shoulder issues, and Young still leads the team with five home runs. Its not going to hurt us, we know that. They are some of our top-line players. But at the same time, you cant get over-anxious and rush them to the point where you do something that is not smart. Were getting closer, but were not there yet, Gibson said. Hudson threw 30 pitches off the mound at Chase Field on Friday, facing Young and Stephen Drew. It was his first time off a mound since being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder impingement retroactive to April 19. Young went on the disabled list with a slight tear in a right shoulder ligament the day before. Young looked like his pre-injury self in an intrasquad game at Salt River Fields on Thursday, going 1 for 3 with a double, two walks and a stolen base while playing six innings. He threw to second base and third base in pregame work but he did not have any plays in the game. Hes made considerable progress this week. Maybe not where he wants to be yet, but hes not that far off, Gibson said. Young is expected to play a game in extended spring training Saturday before hitting the road for minor-league rehab starts Monday and Tuesday, when the D-backs open a seven-game road trip in Los Angeles. The D-backs have not decided where to send Young, although Class A Visalia is the closest option. The Oaks have games at High Desert, which is in Adelanto, Calif., an hour northeast of Los Angeles, on Monday and Tuesday. Class AAA Reno is in Nashville. Young, whose 13 RBIs were still tied for second on the team entering a weekend series against San Francisco, said he does not feel the shoulder while hitting. If Im at the plate I focus more on am Im thinking about hitting, or am I thinking about which pitches I can swing at without hurting myself?" he said. "I wasnt thinking about my shoulder. The only thing I was thinking was see ball, hit ball. Hudson threw 15 pitches, rested for five minutes to simulate time between innings, then threw 15 more pitches. He looks lively. He looks like himself, Drew said. I dont think he was happy. He never is," Gibson said. "The ball came out of his hand well. Obviously he is not going to be that sharp, because it is only his second time out there. Hudson, who made three starts before going on the DL, is scheduled to throw 50 pitches in an extended spring training game Wednesday and move up to 65 pitches in a game at a undecided site May 21. Like Young, Drew played six innings in the intrasquad game Thursday, the longest he has been in the field during his recovery, and is to play again Saturday. He went two for five with a triple, his second in as many games. Both have been stand-up triples; sliding is the next step. We waited for a little bit because things were still needing to heal up," Drew said. "Thats what we felt like. In the next week or so, thats going to be the next progression. Try not to rush it. Just being smart with it. The trainers have done a good job, and the coaching staff has understood." Id like to be out there. At the same time, hopefully these guys will get on a kick as a team and get on a streak, and then Ill be back.
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