BALTIMORE -- Chris Getz said the inflammation in his left ribcage has subsided as expected, and the Royals second baseman hopes to resume baseball activities on Sunday.
"I finally feel I've progressed the last two days," Getz said on Saturday before the middle game against the Orioles. "We kind of thought it was going to take five days before I was going to be able to feel progression, feel better, and we're at that point right now. So we're starting to ease into some activities."
Getz said he's done mostly mild cardio work since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday in an effort to stay in shape without forcing himself into too many deep breaths.
"The more you expand your lungs, the more pressure you're putting on that whole area," Getz said. "That's something we've got to be at least aware of."
Getz planned to do a little bit of core work on Saturday, adding that rest is really the best healer.
If the inflammation continues to die down and his recovery continues on schedule, Getz hopes to join one of the team's Minor League affiliates in the near future.
"That would be ideal," Getz said. "The quicker I can get down there, the more games I can play. The more at-bats, the more prepared I can be coming back. So that would be the goal."
Getz first sustained the injury against the Orioles on May 16, when he collided with Chris Davis while trying to field a ball behind first base. Getz sat for two games, returned to the lineup on May 19, and re-aggravated the injury on Monday against the Yankees sliding into second while trying to stretch a single into a double.