A week after straining his left oblique in Anaheim, Nate McLouth has begun doing some light baseball activities, starting with some throwing and running in batting practice on Sunday afternoon.
McLouth planned to begin taking some dry swings on Monday and working his way back with tee work, soft toss and eventually batting practice later in the week.
McLouth figures he’ll need a rehabilitation game or two in the minors, but if all progresses well, he is hopeful that he’s closer to needing the 15 days scheduled on the disabled list than the month or so required by more oblique serious strains.
He’s eligible to return as early as Tuesday June 7 in Florida.
“The way that I feel and the way it’s gotten a little bit better each day,” said McLouth, who isn’t going to push it either. “I’m going to be really careful not to overextend myself and hurt it any more, while I’m on my way back. I just want it to be good and be done and forget about it.”
Jordan Schafer is playing well in center field in McLouth’s absence, so the Braves don’t need him to rush it either.
McLouth injured his oblique checking his swing on a pitch in the dirt, something he still can’t quite figure out.
“That was the worst pain I’ve ever felt,” said McLouth, who said it felt like a knife jab in his side. “It was really, really weird too because I barely even offered at the ball. It was a little flinch at the ball. It was really bizarre.”