But that's exactly how the first two weeks of Toronto Blue Jays' spring training went for the 23-year-old outfielder after he strained his left rib cage while playing golf the week before reporting to camp.
It wasn't until Monday that Snider was able to take a full round of cuts during BP at Florida Auto Exchange Park, and he expects to start playing in games sometime next week.
So what happened with the golf injury?
"It was a typical workout morning and I went to go play golf in the afternoon," Snider said outside the clubhouse after completing his hacks and signing some autographs. "I lost a little bit of weight and cut some body fat this offseason and maybe that was just my body telling me that I was just pushing a bit too much."
Snider said missing the first bit of spring training while he did some basic rehab was disappointing because he had set a goal of staying healthy all season.
"But the timing of the injury was almost a blessing in the sense that I had time to recover and I'll be ready to go for opening day," he added.
Heading into the 2011 season, Snider's goals sound identical to the ones that Jays fans have for him. Though he came up with the big league club in 2008 at age 20, he has yet to play a full season. He missed two months in 2010 with a wrist injury and he's also had issues with his hamstring and oblique. Snider wants to compile a full season of at-bats so he can reach the bright future that has been predicted for him. He hit .255/.304/.463 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in only 298 at-bats. He finished the season strong after rehabbing his wrist, hitting six homers with an .818 OPS in 97 at-bats over September and October.
"I thought my power numbers were decent for 300 at-bats," Snider said. "But looking toward the future, I want to be more of a complete hitter. More of a guy who's a middle of the order, an RBI guy who helps win baseball games.
"The opportunity is going to be there this year, but it's going to be something I'm going to have to earn by staying in the lineup and getting my at-bats. I'm looking forward to the chance."
Though Snider is still only 23 years old and looking to complete his first full season, he's somewhat of a veteran among the Jays' younger players this season. He jokes that he's a "'tweener," though he takes his ability to provide a spring training road map for this year's rookies rather seriously.
His willingness to help, however, hasn't earned him any slack on his quest for another of his goals this season: Growing and maintaining one of baseball's best mustaches after hitting a homer while wearing a fake one during Cito Gaston night last season.
"I couldn't grow a mustache until about a month ago," said Snider, using a smile to break the serious face he had been holding while talking about his goals. "I was at home and we were just screwing around, I had a bunch of facial hair, and I noticed that my mustache was coming in a little bit. So I shaved and let it eat a little bit and decided to come down here to Florida with it. Ever since, the guys have been all over me."
Snider thought about that for a second.
"Actually, it's been getting mixed reviews," he said. "There are people who don't like it and people who lie to me and say that they like it."