Mora could return to D-backs' lineup for finale

Mora could return to D-backs' lineup for finale

Mora could return to D-backs' lineup for finale
PHOENIX -- Third baseman Melvin Mora, who has been slowed by a sore left ankle, could make his first start in almost two weeks in the series finale against the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon.

Mora participated in full baseball activities before Tuesday's game and said he's ready to play when needed. In Mora's absence, Ryan Roberts made his ninth consecutive start at third base Tuesday. He is making the most of his opportunity to play on a regular basis, hitting .321 for the season.

"It's always going to hurt a little bit, but not to where I can't play anymore," Mora said. "It used to hurt when I went side-to-side or forward, but it's better now. I don't know anything and I don't want to know anything about the disabled list."

Mora, who is hitting .273 in 12 games this season, has not started a game since April 16. His last two appearances, including Sunday against the Mets, were as a pinch-hitter.

"I told him I wanted him to get a real hard workout and do all the activities that he is going to be required to do in a game," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "If he comes out of it not sore then he will probably start [Wednesday]. I don't want to put him in a game in a starting capacity and have him come out after three or four innings."

Mora can't wait to get back on the field.

"I could have played [Monday]," he said."This is the first time this has happened to me. I've never even had a wrap on my ankle in 20 years of baseball."