Floyd tests knee running in outfield

Floyd tests knee running in outfield

SAN DIEGO -- Cliff Floyd is tired of talking about his body. He would much rather talk about hitting or anything game-related.

"I'm tired of it," Floyd said.

Floyd just might get that chance in the near future, especially if his right knee responds well to the running he did on it Wednesday.

Floyd has been on the disabled list since April 5, first with a strained right shoulder and, recently, an injured right knee, one that has needed fluid drained from it.

Floyd tested his injured right knee before Wednesday's game against Arizona at PETCO Park by running in the outfield during batting practice under the watchful eye of Padres head trainer Todd Hutcheson.

Not just under the watchful eye of Hutcheson, but also manager Bud Black, who both actually ran alongside Floyd in the outfield.

"He will spend a number of days with us on the road," Black said of an upcoming six-game road trip to Houston and Chicago, which begins Friday.

Black also mentioned the possibility that Floyd might head out on a Minor League rehab assignment if his knee can handle the increased intensity of workouts in the next few days.

"It's not just one thing, it's the dynamic of the whole knee he's trying to manage," Black said.

The right shoulder injury that first landed Floyd on the disabled list, which he incurred in the final week of Spring Training, has healed. In fact, Floyd has no limitation on hitting.

Floyd signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Padres in the offseason to be a bat off the bench late in games.

Because of his injury, the Padres have carried 13 pitchers for much of the season and gone with four bench players.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.