SAN FRANCISCO -- Although Travis Buck is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday, the veteran outfielder isn't close to returning. Buck has been disabled since May 28 with right Achilles' tendinitis.
Buck said the injury is improving, but he hasn't been able to test it out by running just yet.
"It's just a matter of trying to make sure it's pain free so it doesn't flare up again," he said. "I'll take a little precaution, but we just have to kind of base it off how it responds. I was able to run pretty hard the last day in Chicago [on Sunday]. I didn't sprint or anything, but did a pretty quick jog and did some multi-directional stuff in the outfield that held up pretty good."
Buck, who was hitting .216 in 74 at-bats but was flourishing as a pinch-hitter, will head out on a Minor League rehab assignment as soon as his body allows him to. But that's still down the road a bit.
"I'd like to get as many at-bats as I can to get my timing down," he said. "I would like to be able to produce and be comfortable up here, rather than rush just to get back."