PHOENIX -- When 41-year-old backup catcher Brad Ausmus needed back surgery in April, Dodgers manager Joe Torre figured that would probably be the end of the line for the veteran's playing career.
Ausmus never accepted that, and his intense rehabilitation has him "in the market for a [Minor League] rehab after the [All-Star] break," according to Torre.
Ausmus had a portion of a disk break off and press against a nerve, creating numbness and weakness in his foot. The numbness is gone and the weakness has diminished to where Ausmus is now doing all baseball functions, including the last one -- running the bases.
"It's pretty good," said Torre. "I had no anticipation that would be the case."