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Ross will take it easy on basepaths

Ross will take it easy on basepaths

PEORIA, Ariz. -- D-backs outfielder Cody Ross did not play in a simulated game Tuesday, as the club had planned, because the game was canceled.

Initially the team was going to have a simulated game on a back field to get right-hander Randall Delgado some work, but when Bronson Arroyo was scratched from his start Tuesday the team had to use Delgado to start, so the game was canceled.

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Ross, who fractured and dislocated his right hip last August, could try sliding in a week or so.

"He could come fast," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "The big thing with him is comfort level with what he does. He's got a ways to go yet."

When he does return to action, the D-backs would like to see him take it a little easier on the bases.

"We have to try and give more thought to around the bases," Gibson said. "He's got to be more controlled around the bases."

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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