Canberra Cavalry outfielder David Harris is still on restricted duties after a pitch hit him in the helmet last weekend, but the Toronto Blue Jays prospect is confident he'll be available for the Perth Heat series.
Harris travelled with the Cavs to Adelaide for their four-game series against the Bite, but wasn't included on the roster as he continues to go through concussion protocols.
Brisbane Bandits starting pitcher Josh Warner hit the 24-year-old with his very first pitch of last Sunday's game, clearing both benches and leading to four ejections.
Harris reacted angrily to the wild pitch, with the Cavalry believing it was intentional, although Bandits manager David Nilsson dismissed that as an "emotional" reaction.
The outfielder charged the mound, but Cavalry manager Michael Collins restrained him.
Warner, Harris and Nilsson were three of the four ejections.
Harris still hasn't returned to training a week later, but he was expecting to play against the Heat at Narrabundah Ballpark on New Year's Eve.
Compounding the effects of the head knock, he was also suffering from a cold.
The Cavs took a similarly cautious approach with catcher Robbie Perkins when a pitch hit him in the helmet three weeks ago.
"I'm getting closer and closer to being back to normal in terms of my physical activities, but I should be good to go New Year's for our next home stand," Harris said on Sunday.
"I ran a little but, but nothing too crazy, just to get my feet under me."
Canberra took Harris to Adelaide so he could train with the whole squad when he gets the all clear, but Harris was also using it to get a feel for the Bite players and their unique ballpark at Norwood Oval, where Australian football is also played.
The Cavs return there for a four-game series to finish off the regular season in late January.
"You get to see what their tendencies are ... so me being here is a definite help, not just for the team with me supporting them, but for myself as well," Harris said.
"I have not seen a ballpark like this, being the old AFL stadium and then turned into a baseball field – all grass and just around the bases is dirt, that's new to me.
"It's pretty cool, seeing something new every day is pretty awesome."
Harris said the Cavs' rally in the opening game of the Bite series, coming back from 5-4 down to win 7-5 on Saturday night, was "awesome".
Meanwhile, the Cavalry threw away a 4-1 lead to suffer an extra-innings, 5-4 loss to the Bite in game two on Sunday night.
Canberra were in the box seat to take a 2-0 series lead, but a costly throwing error by shortstop Jason Leblebijian allowed Adelaide to level the scores in the bottom of the ninth.
The Cavs then left Leblebijian stranded at third base in the next frame.
Cavalry reliever Jimmer Kennedy struggled with his control to load the bases and then gave up the winning run when he hit Bite shortstop Mason Pickard with a pitch.
Canberra now shares the top of the ABL ladder with the Brisbane Bandits.
Game three starts on Monday at 7.30pm, with Scott Cone Canberra's starting pitcher.