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Despite the continued absence of injured Eric Hosmer from the
Yost has already announced that Butler will be losing playing time. The one-time slugger has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats and owns a stat line of .264/.319/.343 that pales in comparison to those compiled in seasons past.
Hosmer has been out since leaving Wednesday's game due to ongoing issues with his hand, which have led to decreased grip strength. He remains day to day as a result of this issue.
As for being at full strength, Gronkowski cautioned that there is still plenty of work remaining before that hurdle is cleared.
"If it were 100 percent, I'd be doing every single thing so no, I'm not 100 percent right now, obviously not," Gronkowski said. "I'm working my way to get to that and I'm working every single day to get to that and improving every single day. I'm preparing myself to my max ability right now for the first regular game. I can't really say anything from here on out because it's far away. Every single day, I'm just giving it everything I've got in the rehab room and out here on the field. I'm preparing myself and listening to my trainers, what they have for me so that I'm ready to go when it comes down to it. Hopefully, I am.
"No timetable at all. Just keep improving every single day and we'll see what the trainers want me to do. They've been through plenty of knee injuries throughout their years here."
A back issue will apparently not prevent
Ortiz, who felt twinges in his mid-back Wednesday and Thursday, had it evaluated Friday.