INDIANAPOLIS — Austin Meadows has missed the past three games and is not in Monday’s lineup due to slight oblique tightness, but it appears he will be back in the lineup soon.
The tightness is not due to a specific play, Meadows said, but speculated it might be due to the heavy work he’s done in the cages over the past few weeks as he returned from a hamstring injury.
“All I’ve been doing is swinging a lot in Florida coming back from the hamstring,” Meadows said. “I had a good amount of swings, so maybe it’s just got a little tight from that but I think it’s really nothing more than precautionary.”
Meadows took swings in the indoor cage on Monday and said he felt fine afterwards. He could be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday.
“It’s obviously a precautionary thing,” Meadows said. “I don’t want anything else to happen because I’ve already dealt with the hamstring but for me I felt really fine. I definitely feel ready to go.”
Meadows suffered a hamstring strain in late-June and just returned to Triple-A during the most recent road trip, hitting 2-for-5 in his first game back with Indianapolis before going 0-for-5 in his next two games. He never left a game early with his oblique tightness, but did not play when the team traveled to Syracuse over the weekend.
After missing almost two months with a hamstring injury, the oblique injury, albeit it a small bump in the road, is frustrating.
“It’s tough because you just don’t know why but you have to realize there’s a plan in place. For me, coming back from the hamstring, working hard to get back on the field for six or seven weeks. The frustrating part is trying to keep your body healthy, but sometimes it doesn’t.”