Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett thinks he will be back at full speed soon after being slowed for the last month by a sore right quad.
Gennett first tweaked the quad against Washington just after the All-Star break and has been dealing with it ever since, with manager Ron Roenicke encouraging the second-year infielder to take it somewhat easy on the base paths when he can.
On Friday, Gennett had to stop at third on a double by Khris Davis because he couldn’t turn on the jets.
Gennett told MLB.com that he thinks he’s close to being back to full speed.
“This is probably the best I’ve felt in three weeks,” Gennett said Sunday. “It’s progressing. I feel good about how it feels right now. … [Shutting down] would have been the safest way to do it, but I need to keep playing to keep sharp. I think it was the right decision.”
The Brewers have Monday off and will be off again on Thursday. The Toronto Blue Jays are also scheduled to start left-hander J.A. Happ on Tuesday, meaning Gennett will have three days off in a four-day span.
Gennett was something of a surprise in 2013 when he came up from Triple-A Nashville and hit .324/.356/.479 in 69 games with 11 doubles, six home runs and 21 RBI, but he has continued to swing the bat well in his first full season in the show.
The 24-year-old is hitting .307/.341/.472 in 104 games with 46 runs, 25 doubles, eight homers and 43 RBI.
Gennett was a 16th-round pick in 2009 out of Sarasota (Fla.) High School and made his big-league debut last June.