Ruggiano tests oblique, eyes Sunday return

Ruggiano tests oblique, eyes Sunday return

DENVER -- Outfielder Justin Ruggiano tested his sore right oblique Friday by swinging off a tee and doing soft-toss drills with positive results.

"The more swings, the less I felt it," Ruggiano said. "So it seems like when it's good and warmed up and stretched out, everything feels good. As soon as I can get to where I can swing and not feel it, I'm ready."

Ruggiano came out of Wednesday's game at Philadelphia with an oblique strain. He said he has been dealing with stiffness in the lower right side of his back for several weeks, but the oblique is "the most worrisome area."

Ruggiano said he hopes to again hit off a tee and do soft-toss drills Saturday and perhaps take batting practice, with the aim to be ready to play in Sunday's series finale.

"In my mind, I'm hoping for Sunday," he said. "But at the same time, if I rush it and it's not ready, then it's not helping me, it's not helping anybody."