Adrian could start swinging bat next week

Adrian could start swinging bat next week

Adrian could start swinging bat next week
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Adrian Gonzalez has been bat-less during the early days of Spring Training, but when he has a consultation on his surgically-repaired right shoulder next week, the lefty slugger hopes he'll get clearance to start swinging again.

"He's going to have a checkup in about a week here to get the go-ahead to start swinging the bat," said general manager Theo Epstein. "It would be about a week ahead of the initial timeframe."

That would be great news for the star slugger, who is eager to start fine-turning his stroke for his new team.

"I'm looking forward to that day -- counting the days down," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully once the doctor sees me, he clears me and I can start swinging that day or the following day."

What has it been like for Gonzalez going through all the daily drills at Spring Training but being unable to participate in batting practice?

"It's different," Gonzalez said, "but I'm definitely in no rush. I want to get swinging already, but it's a process, and you don't want to get too ahead of anything. It's good for me to just be able to hang out and talk to the guys and get to know the guys' swings and take a step back and watch everybody else."

The good news is that Gonzalez doesn't think the later start with batting practice will have any impact on his season.

"There's zero discomfort, there's zero limitations," Gonzalez said. "I'm exactly where I need to be at this point, post surgery. Everything is going as planned, and it feels great. I know I could swing today if I wanted to, but there's no rush."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.