Injured trio progressing for D-backs
Byrnes, Davis and Gordon each take positive steps from injuries
PHOENIX -- The news on the injury front was all positive on Thursday with outfielder Eric Byrnes and pitchers Doug Davis and Tom Gordon all making progress.
Byrnes, who is recovering from last year's torn left hamstring, has finally been able to cut the bases at a 90-degree angle. He ran the bases two straight days and is expected to do so again on Friday.
"It was progressively better than it was the day before, so based on what he does [Friday], there's a good chance we could get him involved in games after that," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.
Byrnes would likely first play in games over on the Minor League side before seeing action in a Cactus League game.
Davis played catch again on Thursday and did not have any trouble with his left triceps area. Davis played catch for seven minutes, sat down and then threw for five more minutes to simulate an inning break.
As long as Davis doesn't experience a setback beforehand, he will throw a bullpen session on Friday. The lefty was scratched from his last start after experiencing pain in the triceps.
Gordon, who was signed as a free agent after undergoing elbow surgery and will start the year on the disabled list, is getting closer to throwing a bullpen session.
"We're probably a week away from him throwing a bullpen," Melvin said.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.