CINCINNATI (AP) _ Three doctors examined Cincinnati Reds first baseman Sean Casey on Monday and found his vision had returned to normal.

Casey, 23, was hit in the right eye by a thrown ball during pregame drills on April 2. He required 20 stitches to close gashes and surgery to install a plate that stabilized a fractured bone below the eye.

Doctors Mark Cepela, Stewart Krug and Andrew Robbins found that Casey's vision was just as good as before the injury. He also had full range of motion with the eye.

Before the plate was installed, Casey could not look up all the way because a piece of the fractured bone was interfering with the eye muscles. The plate keeps the bone pieces in place as they heal.

Casey is expected to begin taking batting practice and start a minor league rehabilitation assignment in seven to 10 days.

The Reds obtained Casey from the Cleveland Indians in a trade for pitcher Dave Burba on the eve of the season opener. Casey appeared in two games for the Reds, went 1-for-3 and was injured before their third game.