DeRosa back with Nats after visiting father

DeRosa back with Nats after visiting father

PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder/infielder Mark DeRosa returned to the Nationals after spending the last two days with his ailing father, Jack, who has cancer.

"He is battling hard. He has had a few surgeries in the last couple of days to give him a chance to be strong enough to accept the chemotherapy that he has to go through," Mark DeRosa said.

DeRosa is hoping to be playing in a Major League game by June 15. He is currently on the disabled list because of left oblique strain. DeRosa said he is feeling better and has been able to hit and throw.

"Hopefully, I'm not too far off," DeRosa said.

After a couple of days of hitting, DeRosa hopes to start a rehab assignment soon thereafter.