Fuld making progress, takes batting practice

Fuld making progress, takes batting practice

Fuld making progress, takes batting practice
ST. PETERSBURG -- Sam Fuld has been on the 60-day disabled list since April 2 following right wrist surgery. Initially, the prognosis varied for when he might be back. Some said August, others said September and some suggested the Rays outfielder might miss the entire season, his second with the club.

Now the recovery meter appears to be pointing in a different, more positive direction.

Fuld took batting practice Friday, taking approximately 35 swings and feeling fine afterward.

"Up until today, I had two days of short batting practice in the cage, maybe like 15 or 20 swings," Fuld said. "Today was by far the most I've done."

Fuld reported that he has moved past the worried-to-take-a-rip stage during batting practice.

"That's a huge part of getting over any injury," Fuld said. "When I was out there today, I felt myself worrying about my actual swing instead of worrying about my wrist, which is always a good thing.

"I felt great, no pain. [It] still feels a little odd not having taken BP in 2 1/2 months. But I'm really happy about the way it helped."

Fuld has been optimistic from the beginning that he would beat some of the dire estimates regarding when he might return, however ...

"I still haven't gotten to where I need to be, but if you had told me 2 1/2 months ago that I'd be at this point, I would have been very happy," Fuld said.

As for when Fuld might begin a rehab assignment, he said they had initially talked about August, but now they're shooting for the middle of next week. Fuld would likely accompany the team to Cleveland, pay a visit to the Cleveland doctor who performed the surgery, then head for a rehab assignment.

Rays manager Joe Maddon speculated that Fuld would use the maximum amount of days allowed for a position player to rehab, which is 20 days.

"I would imagine he would need all of that," Maddon said. "At-bats, you're going to play, you're going to get rested, you're going to have to work hard to get the swing. All those different ideas or thoughts are going to be involved. So I'm anticipating the max on him."

Fuld could not hide his enthusiasm about his situation.

"I'm happy with where I'm at," he said.