Cairo to go on Minor League rehab assignment

Cairo to go on Minor League rehab assignment

CINCINNATI -- Utility infielder Miguel Cairo, who is on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring, wasn't activated when eligible on Tuesday. There is a good chance it won't happen on Wednesday either, it appears.

The plan is to have Cairo go on a Minor League rehab assignment before he can be activated.

"At first he wasn't thinking he would need it [rehab assignment], but he hadn't played that much prior to his injury," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "It's not like it's mid-June or July and he has a whole bunch of at-bats. We need Miguel. The guy has been a big part of our team. We anticipate some time on the next road trip that he'll be back."

The Reds depart Friday for a six-game road trip through Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.

Cairo was on the field early Tuesday and ran the bases with no trouble.

"I'm game ready, but it's different when you run the bases like this and you've got the game going on," said Cairo, who also took ground balls during batting practice. "You have to really push. We'll see how it feels later on or tomorrow."