"I'm optimistic, but I'm not going to say I'm going to be ready for opening night (Oct. 27)," he said. "I don't want to get too anxious with it. Just keep my pace and stay on the right path.
"It's still in the back of my mind, that fear of busting it up again. I don't want to tear it again. I just want to get in that position where I can keep strengthening it."