Keppinger cleared for baseball activities

Keppinger cleared for baseball activities

PHILADELPHIA -- For second baseman Jeff Keppinger, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 16 with a toe injury, his return to action is now only a matter of time.

Keppinger has been cleared to do all baseball-related activities and has begun running wind sprints, fielding grounders and hitting batting practice without any pain. Keppinger, who's hitting .285 with five homers and 46 RBIs, can be activated Sept. 1.

"I'm basically waiting out the time now," Keppinger said. "If there was a seven-day DL, it would have been better."

Keppinger injured his toe on Aug. 16 and was diagnosed with sesamoiditis, an inflammation at the ball of the foot that's common with active people. He will use the next week to stay in shape, while hoping the painful injury doesn't return.

"That's really my main concern," he said. "I don't want it to linger around or have problems with it in the future. In that aspect, I'm glad I can get it taken care of and get it worked out."