Schierholtz targeting Tuesday as return day

Schierholtz targeting Tuesday as return day

PHILADELPHIA -- Outfielder Nate Schierholtz thinks he will be ready to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to be activated.

Schierholtz, who has been out with a broken right big toe since Aug. 13, took batting practice for the second consecutive day on Thursday. Four and a half hours before Thursday night's series finale against the Reds, he ran on the outfield grass.

"Better than I expected," Schierholtz said when asked how it felt. "It felt good. I think I should be ready come Tuesday."

Running is really the only thing holding Schierholtz back. While he's not yet at full speed, he thinks he will be within the next couple days.

"It's getting better every day," he said.

Since the Phillies acquired him as part of the Hunter Pence trade on July 31, Schierholtz has hit .219 with a home run and two RBIs. The injury came at a bad time, as the Phillies were hoping to get an extended look at Schierholtz. If he's back on Tuesday, he will still get more than a month of playing time before season's end.