Both B.J. Upton and Jordan Schafer took key steps in their recoveries from injury Friday with some running on the field before batting practice.

Upton did his first sprinting and cutting to test his right adductor (groin) muscle and came away pleased. Schafer did his first jogging on his right ankle since he was diagnosed with a stress fracture.

Upton is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday but will need at least a few more days of getting his legs back in shape before heading out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment.

“It’s night and day from what it was a couple weeks ago even a couple days ago it’s coming along well” Upton said. “I don’t see it being too much longer. Hopefully by the beginning of next week maybe I can come back for the tail end of the series (vs. Colorado) or definitely on the road trip. We’ll see how it plays out.”