Mason Williams cleared for baseball activityWilliams is taking tee and toss and began running Monday
"It's just something that's been lingering, some patella tendinitis that I could feel in my shin, kind of like a shin splint," Williams explained. "It just kind of nagged and got pretty annoying, so it was something I just had to stay off of for a while."
Indeed, Williams sat out for the first two weeks of camp, only able to throw a bit to stay loose. He began tee and toss work in the batting cages over the weekend and finally got the okay to run on Monday, so that was his first day of light running in the outfield.
"I feel good right now, but we'll see how it goes as I get going," Williams said.
The timing is especially tough for the 25-year-old, who has suffered several injuries in his young career and began last season late because he was still recovering from summer 2015 surgery on his right shoulder. That injury is well in the rear-view mirror, but Williams is hoping this current leg issue doesn't keep lingering into what could be a critical season for him.
"It's frustrating for sure because the timing is awful, and it stinks to be sidelined like this," he said, "but I'll be good."