Cody Ross hopes to be ready in time for spring training


Aug. 11, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross reacts in pain after suffering an injury running to first base in the first inning against the New York Mets at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross could possibly be back for spring training after suffering a serious hip injury a few weeks ago. But luckily for Ross his injury was not as bad as Bo Jackson’s which ultimately ended his career. Instead Ross’ injury was a broken bone along the back of his left hip joint and a dislocation.

Ross was told by doctors that he should be able to do baseball activities in spring training. He said, “They said hopefully be back by the middle part of spring training-ish, somewhere in there. That’s the goal.”  The timeline for Ross’ recovery began on August 13th when he underwent surgery. After that he was told not to put weight on his left leg for three months.

The good news is that he is already doing physical therapy but there will definitely be a mental hurdle that he will have to overcome when he gets back on the baseball field. “Going into it, he said his No. 1 goal going into the surgery was for me not to have a hip replacement down the road. Secondary was for me to get back on the field and competing at the high level that I do,” Ross said.

It will be interesting to see if Ross can return to a high level as his hip is being held together with two plates and five or six screws. But no doubt, Ross is a competitor I expect nothing less than a determined player eager to play. Or as San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy puts it, “Everybody who has played with Cody likes him. He’s a great player, and he knows how to play the game.