Hall hits, but he's doubtful for Cactus opener
The Brewers have accelerated third baseman Bill Hall’s rehabilitation from a left calf injury, but it appears he won’t be ready to play when the Cactus League schedule begins on Wednesday.
“I suppose there’s always a possibility,” Hall said. “But Roger [Caplinger, Milwaukee's head athletic trainer] doesn’t want me to rush back in. We’ve got a lot of games down here, and if I miss one week I don’t think it’s going to be that detrimental.”
Hall took swings in the batting cage Friday for the first time since he partially tore his calf muscle last week during a private workout before he reported to camp. An MRI scan revealed the tear, but by the weekend Hall and club medical officials were encouraged that it was not as bad as initially thought. That meant Hall would probably make it back well ahead of the original schedule, which predicted a 4-6 week layoff.
Besides the “soft toss” in the batting cage Friday morning, Hall ran on a treadmill and then took part in stretching and throwing drills with the rest of the team.
“It’s going really well,” he said. “I don’t feel anything in there now; it feels pretty normal.”