Fuld may begin rehab as soon as July

Fuld may begin rehab as soon as July

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays outfielder Sam Fuld said Saturday that he started hitting off a tee Friday and could make a rehab start as soon as July.

He said his wrist felt tight but better than it did in Spring Training when he swung.

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he didn't know if possibly having Fuld do a July rehab assignment is ahead of schedule after having surgery on his right wrist in April.

"Players are optimistic," Maddon said. "[Trainer Ron Porterfield] just hasn't given me any specifics yet, but if he's saying something like that, I wouldn't doubt him and Ronnie talked about that at some point."

Fuld appeared in 105 games for Tampa Bay in 2011, hitting .240 with 20 stolen bases.

There is still no timetable for Fuld to return to the Major League club to play, saying, "back here, I have no idea," about when he would be back.

"He's actually making a lot of good progress," Maddon said. "There's no finish line, but when you talk to him, he's feeling pretty good about it."