DeRosa pleased with progress toward return

DeRosa pleased with progress toward return

WASHINGTON -- Infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa, who is on the disabled list because of a left oblique strain, began baseball activities on Thursday. He took some swings, threw, and did some running drills without any problems.

"Everything is going well," DeRosa said. "It was nice. I'm starting to do baseball activities, which is nice. I never had this injury before. I'm trying to follow what they are telling me to do. I'm pushing it a little more each day. I'm dying to get back."

Manager Davey Johnson is hoping that DeRosa will be playing with the team within a week to 10 days. Before he is activated from the disabled list, DeRosa will go to Florida to get some at-bats.

Despite his absence as a healthy player, DeRosa has been providing valuable leadership to the younger players like Tyler Moore, Danny Espinosa and Ian Desmond.