Cairo's return may be just around the corner

Cairo's return may be just around the corner

CINCINNATI -- Eligible to come off the disabled list while the team is off on Monday, utility infielder Miguel Cairo could return as soon as Tuesday when the Reds open a series vs. the Cubs.

Whether that actually happens remains a mystery. Cairo, who has been out with a strained left hamstring, has been running and hitting for a week and has reported no issues.

"I feel good but I think I have to run the bases first," Cairo said. "I go by what the trainers tell me. I'm the worker and do what they tell me to do. Hopefully in the next couple of days, I don't know the plan. I wish I could tell you. The good thing is, I feel good and my legs feel good. We'll see what happens on Tuesday, Wednesday or whatever."

Cairo, who turns 38 on May 4, was batting .111 in four games when he was hurt on April 14 at Washington. Manager Dusty Baker has a policy when he deals with injured players and it's likely to apply to Cairo.

"I don't know," Baker responded when asked if Cairo would be activated for Tuesday. "You say you're feeling good and then I give you another day. We'll see."