MIAMI -- When Cody Ross was diagnosed with a fracture in his left navicular bone, the Red Sox revealed that the general timetable for that type of injury is six to eight weeks. However, Ross has appeared ahead of schedule at every turn and feels he might be back in Boston's lineup on June 19, which would be just one day past the one-month mark of when the injury occurred.
The right-handed-hitting outfielder plans on starting a Minor League rehab assignment on Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket. Ross feels he can play three games for Pawtucket and then return to the Red Sox when they open their next homestand against the Marlins.
"The original plan was to drag it out a little longer to make sure it went smoothly and start my rehab on the 18th, but I feel too good," Ross said. "I feel great. The trainers are doing a great job getting me ready, and we're all on the same page. I'm feeling good."
Ross feels that his foot has passed every test with flying colors.
"I don't foresee anything being an issue," Ross said. "I've been hitting out on the field. It feels great. I've been running. I ran about 80 percent yesterday. I feel great -- no soreness today. Nothing. Agility won't be a problem, baserunning won't be an issue."
Manager Bobby Valentine had been optimistic all along that Ross could beat the projected timetable.
"Cody looked great. Cody today took BP out there and thought he should just skip the rehab, he was swinging so good," Valentine said. "That's not going to happen, but he looked great."