Rosales' rehab from injury gradual

Rosales' rehab from injury gradual

PHOENIX -- Leo Rosales' boot was made for walking, but now he's strutting around the D-backs' clubhouse without it.

"I'm not going to be running or jogging for a while -- a week or so," said the right-handed reliever, who hopes the stress fracture in his right ankle is completely healed by early to mid-July so that he can return soon after the All-Star break.

Rosales compiled a 2-0 record and 8.10 ERA in nine Major League games this season before being placed on the 15-day disabled list after allowing seven earned runs in an April 28 relief appearance; he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 1 and has missed Arizona's past 50 games.

After his CT scans were reviewed on Tuesday, Rosales was cleared to walk without his protective boot. He said he has felt no pain since.

Rosales said he will continue to wear the boot while throwing the ball, a welcome upgrade from throwing while his right foot rested on a stool. Next week, he will start strengthening exercises until he can play catch on two cleats.