LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jack Wilson remains confident that he will not begin the regular season on the disabled list. In fact, the Braves infielder believes he might be just a week away from compiling plate appearances in Minor League Spring Training games.
"We're insanely ahead of schedule," Wilson said. "Even though it's going so fast, we still want to make sure I'm 100 percent. But it feels comfortable. It's nice, definitely a surprise."
Wilson suffered a similar calf strain while playing for the Pirates in Atlanta during the first week of the 2008 season. A setback forced him to miss a little more than two months with that ailment. But the veteran infielder believes his current rehab process will prevent such a setback.
While the Braves are encouraged by Wilson's progress, they will not rush him back and create the possibility that he could end up missing more time than necessary. Thus, the club is not ready to say for sure he will be ready by Opening Day.
"We've got to be careful, because if we push him too much, he could have a setback and we'll be back to square one," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I think it happened with [Jimmy] Rollins a few years ago."