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Cody Ross injury: Diamondbacks OF could return Apr. 8

The best-case scenario would have Cody Ross rejoin the Diamondbacks on Apr. 8.

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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told reporters -- including Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona -- that in the best-case scenario outfielder Cody Ross could rejoin the team by next Monday, Apr. 8.

Ross began the season on the disabled list due to a calf injury. He will start a minor league rehab assignment later this week, playing designated hitter as well as the outfield for Arizona's Single-A affiliate.

Considering Apr. 8 would be the best-case scenario, there is a chance the Ross requires additional time in the minors recovering from his lower leg strain. When his placement on the DL was initially reported, there was thought that he could potentially miss two weeks of action.

Ross' injury limited him to nine plate appearances this spring. The 32-year-old signed a free agent contract with the D'backs this winter after spending the 2012 campaign with the Boston Red Sox. He hit .267/.326/.481 with 34 doubles and 22 home runs over 528 plate appearances for Boston last year.

While Ross is sidelined -- as well as fellow outfielder Adam Eaton -- the D'backs outfield unit will consist of Gerardo Parra, Jason Kubel and A.J. Pollock.

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