Reno, NV (MyNews4.com) -- He was named the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player in 2010 with the San Francisco Giants, the same year they went on to beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series. Fast forward to today and he's with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.
Cody Ross is currently with the Reno Aces on rehab assignment after suffering a very rare and bizarre injury last season where he dislocated his right hip while running to first base on a groundball hit to shortstop. Ross said, “My initial thought was, ‘I broke my hip, I broke my hip.’ I didn’t realize the severity of it until I went to the hospital and they had to put it back into place and I ended up having surgery two days later.”
Ross suffered what is thought to be the first hip dislocation at the Major League Baseball level last season against the New York Mets. It was a similar injury to that of Bo Jackson’s career-ending hip injury he sustained on the football field with the Oakland Raiders in 1991. “You know, talk about excruciating pain,” Ross explained, “It’s something that I never wish on my worst enemy.”
Since he bats righty, a lot of his weight lands on his right hip, the same side he injured. However, he says he hasn’t had much issue with swinging. The rotation has been smooth, the biggest concern is the running and the pounding on the joint. Ross said his recovery time has been better than expected, “We were really smart about it. We didn’t push anything. We kind of let nature take its course and it ended up being a lot quicker than we anticipated.”
Ross told News 4 that he feels like he’s about an 8 on a scale of 1-10, but the more important thing is that he’s back in his element, back on the diamond. “It’s definitely nice being back playing baseball after a tough rehab, tough offseason. It’s definitely more about getting out there and doing repetitions. Let my mind know that everything is good and that I can go 100 percent. I’m slowly but surely getting that back.”
In 7 games played with the Aces, Ross is batting .348 with 6 RBI and 2 runs scored. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic has reported that Ross is expected to return to the Diamondbacks lineup this weekend when they face the Dodgers in Los Angeles. This week could be the final home series to be able to watch him play right here in Reno.
The Aces will return to Reno for a 4-game homestand on Tuesday when they host the Las Vegas 51s. Tuesday is Jackie Robinson Day at the ballpark and all Aces players will be wearing Brooklyn Dodger-themed jerseys with the number 42. First pitch is set for 6:35pm at Aces Ballpark. For tickets call 775-334-7000.