PHOENIX -- Giants right fielder Cody Ross played his second consecutive game in extended spring training Saturday and is quickly progressing in his return from a right calf injury that has kept him on the disabled list since the start of the regular season.
"Ross got five at-bats and had a couple of hits -- a single and a double," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said prior to his club's rematch against the D-backs at Chase Field on Saturday.
According to Bochy, Ross was sent to Las Vegas to begin his official Minor League rehab with Triple-A Fresno. He'll play games Sunday and Monday in Vegas before the big club makes a decision on the next move. There's an outside chance Ross can come off the 15-day DL sometime next week and rejoin the team at Denver, where the Giants open a three-game series against the Rockies on Monday night. More likely, he'll probably be reactivated when the team returns home for a three-game series against the Braves on Friday night.
Ross was injured March 23 during a Cactus League game against the Angels at Tempe, Ariz., and hadn't played since then until an extended spring game Friday. The team originally said that Ross was expected to be out for three weeks.
"He'll play seven innings for the Fresno team [Sunday] and we'll see how he comes out of that," Bochy said. "When he's done in Vegas, we'll see where he's at. There's a chance that he could still be activated [in Denver]. We're not ruling that out. The weather could have something to do with it. We're supposed to get some rain there. That could also play a part in it."
A quick return by Ross would help supplement the Giants' outfield situation. Center fielder Andres Torres (strained left Achilles tendon] was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday and is not eligible to return until April 26. The Giants recalled outfielder Darren Ford from Fresno to replace Torres on the roster for time being.