BRADENTON, Fla. - Austin Meadows made a somewhat unexpected return to game action today, playing three innings with the GCL Pirates. Meadows is beginning his in-game rehab work in his return from a hamstring injury, and said after the game he was surprised to be back this soon. After he ran the bases earlier this week, the Pirates decided he was good to go for an early return, playing three innings today, rather than the normal five innings to start a rehab appearance.

Meadows will be off tomorrow, and hopes to return on Monday, seeing where he's at with his rehab. He's hoping to "get some games in and get out of here," getting back to Indianapolis.

"It felt great," Meadows said of getting back on the field. "We were able to face some live pitching while we've been down, me and Barre...

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