Nationals centerfielder Ben Revere continues to make progress rehabbing his strained right oblique, according to manager Dusty Baker.
Though the team does not yet have a set date for his return, there is optimism that Revere, whose Opening Day injury landed him on the 15-day disabled list, could come back sometime in the next few weeks.
"He sprinted yesterday, which was a positive sign," Baker said before Friday's game vs. the Minnesota Twins. "I think he threw some. He was hitting right-handed off the tee. Today he might be hitting some left-handed off the tee.....I'm hoping that he'll be back pretty soon."
During pregame warmups, Revere was seen sprinting and backpedalling alongside a team trainer. Whenever he's ready for full baseball activities, it's not yet known whether or not he will have to participate in a minor league rehab assignment before he's ready to rejoin the Nats.
As for right hander Joe Ross, who left Thursday's game in the third inning with a blister in his right middle finger, Baker said he is hopeful that the 22-year-old will be able to make his next start.
"His fingers are doing pretty good," the manager said. "But any time you lose skin it takes a while to get that skin back and feeling right. He isn't going to be fingerprinting any time soon. We're just hoping that he can make his start, and if he can't then we'll use that day off to keep everybody else in line and then we'll skip him to his next start."
Ross, who owns a 2-0 record with a 0.54 ERA in three starts, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.