Injured Darnell itching to get back into games

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A sore right oblique has kept James Darnell from playing in games since Feb. 25, a date he doesn't need to be reminded of.

Just how bad does Darnell, an infielder/outfielder on the 40-man roster, want to get back into a game?

"You have no idea," he said. "Sitting on the sidelines is not fun. Hopefully, I can get some at-bats soon … and have some fun."

Darnell, fighting for a bench job, can't point to a specific moment when he sustained the injury, making it even more maddening.

"I didn't feel it on one move or anything," Darnell said. "It just got intensely sore throughout the day."

Darnell took batting practice on Thursday and was to do so again on Friday, though likely in the batting cage because of inclement weather in Peoria.

"It's doing really good," he said. "This [rest] is just part of the process of being cautious. Hopefully, I can get back in [games] in the next few days."

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.