Stubbs on track for Monday return after rehab start

Stubbs on track for Monday return after rehab start

Stubbs on track for Monday return after rehab start
CINCINNATI -- The first-place Reds may get even stronger soon as center fielder Drew Stubbs made his first rehab appearance on Friday after being out of action since June 6 with a strained left oblique.

Stubbs started in center for Class A Dayton, playing five innings and making two plate appearances in the 9-8 loss.

Stubbs went 0-for-2 on the day, but took batting practice and infield without any complications.

"No soreness, no pain during the game or anything like that," Stubbs said. "Taking two weeks off, from any game action, you never know how you're going to feel stepping in and getting back in the flow of the game. I felt really comfortable, like I haven't really missed a beat."

Reds manager Dusty Baker said the plan is for Stubbs to play seven innings for Dayton on Saturday, followed by a full nine-inning outing Sunday before rejoining the Reds on Monday.

Stubbs said he plans on taking advantage of every at-bat he can get before returning to the lineup.

"Between the three games that I'll be up there, I'll probably get in the neighborhood of 10 at-bats," Stubbs said. "You definitely want to get your swings in to make sure that you're where you need to be. At the same time, I also wanted to have some at-bats where I saw a lot of pitches and worked the count."

Stubbs was batting .235 with 48 hits and seven homers before the injury, as well as using his speed to snag 13 stolen bases and patrol the outfield.

The former first-round selection said he does not anticipate any future issues with his oblique.

"I was talking to some other guys who have dealt with this thing before and there might be some lingering tightness or stiffness in the area ... but not much discomfort or pain whatsoever," he said. "I'll get the game under my belt [Saturday and Sunday] and get ready to roll Monday."