Heisey progressing toward return

Heisey progressing toward return

PITTSBURGH -- Injured Reds outfielder Chris Heisey did sprints on the grass around the bases on Saturday, and was still doing fine on Sunday. Heisey has been on the disabled list since April 29 with a strained right hamstring.

"It felt incredible," Heisey said on Sunday. "I'm taking it easy today, and [will] let it heal a little more. Hopefully, [Monday] will be another really good test of where I'm at. And maybe some time this week, I will get to play some games."

Reds manager Dusty Baker expects there to be caution exercised before Heisey gets to go on a rehab assignment. His previous rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola lasted only one inning of one game before a setback happened.

"He was getting close before, too," Baker said. "We have to make sure he's ready, no matter what he says. He has to visibly show us -- and you still won't know if it's ready. Look at Matt Kemp. He did it two or three times last year and still wasn't ready."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.