No timetable, but Keppinger starts working back

No timetable, but Keppinger starts working back

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays infielder Jeff Keppinger, who has been out since May 19, said Wednesday that he's started resuming baseball activities.

"I started jogging, running, doing some activities, hitting, throwing and started doing a little shuffling today, fielding some balls," Keppinger said. "Basically just getting my body back going now."

He added there was no timetable to rejoin the club, which has gone 11-10 since Keppinger's injury. The biggest obstacle is to see how his toe holds up with increased activity.

Once he does return, Keppinger said he may wear protection for it, but he feels fine without it so won't use it in the near future.

"If I need it later on, I'll try it," Keppinger said. "But as of right now, it feels good."

The past few days, the 32-year-old hit soft toss and took a batting-practice session Wednesday in the batting cages. "I'm swinging fine and doing good," he said. "I've got no problems with it."

Keppinger was hitting .295 on the year before his injury, which occurred when a foul ball from the Braves' Martin Prado hit him in the foot while sitting in the dugout.