LaPorta looking good, nears return to Tribe

LaPorta looking good, nears return to Tribe

CLEVELAND -- The way Matt LaPorta ran the bases Monday afternoon at Progressive Field, one would think he was training for an Olympic sprint, not recovering from a high ankle sprain.

LaPorta took batting practice, grounders at first, and ran the bases Monday, showing no ill effects of the high ankle sprain that has kept him out of action since June 17. After he goes through the same routine Tuesday, he'll either begin a rehab assignment or be activated off the 15-day disabled list, manager Manny Acta said.

"He looked really good in the workout today," Acta said..

LaPorta suffered the ankle sprain during a rundown in a 5-1 win against the Pirates on June 17. He tried to advance from second to third on a grounder to short, but got caught in a pickle, eventually turning the ankle and falling to the dirt, where he was tagged out. LaPorta initially feared the worst.

"I thought I tore a ligament or had broken an ankle, or something," he said. "But, obviously, I didn't."