{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Kubel close to return to D-backs' outfield

Kubel close to return to D-backs' outfield

|
Kubel close to return to D-backs' outfield
CINCINNATI -- One more day.

It seems to be the same news coming out of Arizona each day as Jason Kubel continues his recovery, but this time it seems to be for real.

Kubel left Friday's game against the Cubs early with tightness in his hamstring and has not been in the lineup since, aside from a pinch-hit appearance Saturday in Chicago.

But D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the club feels their left fielder is nearly back to full strength.

"I talked to [head athletic trainer] Ken [Crenshaw] after the game and we just felt another day," Gibson said. "I think he's getting better. I think we're seeing improvement. I'd love him in the lineup."

Gibson said Kubel plans on running "pretty good" before Tuesday's game in Cincinnati before assessing his health again Wednesday.

"We'll see how he runs," Gibson said. "We went out there yesterday and it was kind of limited. I don't really want him to go out there if he can't run to play the outfield."

Kubel is batting .292 this season and leads the team with 15 home runs and 60 RBIs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español