Heisey making progress toward return from DL

Heisey making progress toward return from DL

PITTSBURGH -- Left fielder Chris Heisey, on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right hamstring, continues to make incremental progress toward returning. Heisey hit on the field and threw to the bases before Thursday's game in Cleveland. He's also been doing full sprints and agility drills.

"The next step will be baserunning and full shagging in the next day or two," Heisey said on Friday. "If I can do that a couple of days in a row and not have soreness, then maybe they'll think about sending me on a rehab assignment."

Heisey's previous rehab assignment lasted only one inning of one game when he had a setback. He admitted the soreness isn't 100 percent gone from his hamstring, but he's not far away.

"There is still a tiny bit of soreness in there to the touch," Heisey said. "But I rarely feel anything when I'm doing baseball activity. It's feeling really good. There is no pain, just a little bit of soreness. They're working on getting that out of there. It's getting pretty close to being back to normal."

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