Sore calf limits Ross to one at-bat vs. Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right fielder Cody Ross returned to the lineup Sunday against the Giants after missing two days with a sore left calf, but left the game after three innings, saying he still felt some tightness in the area.

"It's all right, I felt it a little bit," he said. "I didn't want to push it since it's only March 3. Nothing to panic over, just stuff happens in Spring Training."

The 32-year-old, who signed a three-year deal with the D-backs in the winter, said he might need a couple more days before he's able to try out the calf in a game again.

"Possibly," he said. "We'll see, we'll go evaluate it."

The outfielder doesn't recall a certain moment when the injury originally happened, just that it gradually started to bother him. He added that he didn't remove himself from the game on Sunday, instead it was manager Kirk Gibson who made the decision.

In facing his old team for the first time since leaving the Giants at the end of the 2011 season, Ross struck out against Barry Zito in his only at-bat. With the game being played at a sold-out Scottsdale Stadium in front of thousands of Giants fans, Ross received healthy applause when he came to the plate.

"It was nice, they were welcoming," he said. "I got a warm ovation when I came out, it's a good feeling."