Travis Snider recovering

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 PM ET

DUNEDIN — Travis Snider appears well on his way to recovery from a rib-cage-muscle injury that has put him out of action for more than a week.

Snider fielded some ground balls Tuesday and expects increase his activity in the next few days.

“If it keeps moving forward I’ll be able to swing off a tee by the end of the week,’ said Snider. “There’s no set progression. We’ll just let how I feel dictate the next steps.”

Snider suffered an irritated intercostal muscle on the left side of his ribcage playing golf about eight days ago.

Cordero slowed

Bullpen candidate Chad Cordero took the day off from throwing on Tuesday because of shoulder inflammation.

“He was scheduled to throw today but we felt, after an exam this morning, it was best to give him the day off,” said manager John Farrell.

A Dusty Road

There was more good news on Dustin McGowan’s road to recovery Tuesday. McGowan threw his fourth bullpen of the spring, mixing in breaking pitches for the first time, reporting no discomfort.

McGowan hasn’t pitched in a game since July of 2008 but is making steady progress this spring.

“The path he’s travelled can be a lonely one at times,” said Farrell. “Even though he’s part of a major-league organization, there might be days when a pitcher in his situation feels he’s the furthest thing away from the major leagues.

“Everyone holds on to the stuff he’s pitched with in the past. This is a situation where you bet on the person. You’ve got to be motivated to go through the depths of multiple injuries and lengthy rehabs. He’s an example for all of us. He doesn’t look on it as if he got a raw deal or had been dealt a bad hand. He’s trying to make the most of the situation he’s in.”

Rauch On Track

Jon Rauch, who twisted an ankle walking down a flight of stairs last week, is more or less back on track after taking a few days off.

He threw full out in the bullpen Tuesday and is in line to pitch in games during the first week of preseason games.


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