Recovering Stubbs aiming for weekend return

Recovering Stubbs aiming for weekend return

CINCINNATI -- Potential good news has come out of the Reds' clubhouse regarding injuries, as center fielder Drew Stubbs continues to make progress toward his return.

Stubbs said he was scheduled to take his first swings since straining his oblique earlier this month, but the 24-hour flu-like virus that made its way through several players Tuesday pushed things back a couple days.

Stubbs was recovering from the illness Wednesday and said he plans to swing the bat again Thursday.

"Hopefully, we'll get some of that stuff done that I was trying to get two days ago," Stubbs said. "If things feel good, then start taking some BP. [I'll] definitely [take] some swings, as long as things continue to feel well. If things feel good from that, then take the next step and take BP and hopefully be back in game mode pretty soon."

The 27-year-old said he plans to be back by the end of the weekend.

"I don't know if that's realistic or not, but I would think if I get in there and swing and things feel good, then I'd be ready to jump back in in a few days," Stubbs said.