BOSTON -- When Cody Ross was diagnosed with a fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot, general manager Ben Cherington said that a player generally misses about six to eight weeks.
As the days progress, Ross is convinced that he will beat that timeline handily.
Ross, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to Saturday, feels that he could return soon after he is eligible, which is June 5.
"Cody Ross came into the office today and said his foot felt great," manager Bobby Valentine said. "And in his mind, it shouldn't be much more than the disabled list that he's on."
Is that realistic?
"It's all about pain. He's got to be true," said Valentine. "That's what I said to him, 'Just be true to yourself, true to us.' If you don't feel anything, 'Hey let's go play.' If you feel something, give it more time. There's no other way of doing it. I think as Ben said, if the follow-up MRI comes and shows some healing, then we'll know that a little more time will be all the healing."
Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who suffered a concussion and is eligible to return from the seven-day disabled list on Monday, has shown some improvement in recent days.
"Yeah, just moving around nicely, doesn't have much stiffness in his neck," said Valentine. "But I don't know what the update is on the MLB tests that he has to pass before he resumes baseball activities."