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Rosales being patient in recovery

Rosales being patient in recovery

PHOENIX -- Leo Rosales walked into the D-backs' clubhouse on Sunday morning with a boot still on his right foot.

He gets to take it off on Monday.

It might be for no longer than just to have the doctor look at it, but at least progress is being made.

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"We find out what the next step is and where we stand," Rosales said. "I have to be patient. Eight weeks means eight weeks and not four because I want it to be.

"There is a plan in place, and I have to follow it."

Rosales was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot and had surgery after going on the disabled list on April 28. The timetable was pegged at eight weeks for his return.

Rosales had been one of the lone bright spots in the bullpen until his final outing -- when he knowingly pitched with the injury -- before being lit up for seven earned runs in 1 1/3 innings against Colorado to balloon his ERA to 8.10 in 10 innings.

"I was in a good groove and felt like I was doing what I wanted to with my pitches," Rosales said. "It was a tough time, but it is part of the game. After missing time in 2007, I know how to handle [the down time] better."

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