The Arizona Diamondbacks are starting to put their team together for their season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers next month. An interesting player for them in the outfield and in terms of their team identity will be Cody Ross.
Ross, a veteran outfielder who once made his name being the clutch player for the San Francisco Giants (who didn’t even actually want him) and then the Boston Red Sox, was out for much of 2013 for the DBacks with a nasty injury (dislocated and fractured hip).
Ross recently met with his surgeon, Dr. Anthony Rhorer, and was cleared for full activities in Spring Training. From Steve Gilbert of MLB.com:
I don’t think he really fully thought that I was going to be where I’m at right now…He was pretty surprised the way my rehab went and my therapy went. He just kept giving me the green light to push it a little further and push it a little further. I saw him yesterday and he gave me free rein to do everything. That’s a nice feeling when you go into a doctor and he says, ‘Go for it. Go until you can’t go anymore.’”
Ross won’t be able to help Arizona as an everyday player, but his ability to hit left-handed pitching (.297/.362/.576 in his career) still makes him a useful player off the bench and in spot starts. The Diamondbacks will be happy to have him healthy this season.