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."