Chris Heisey is on a rehab assignment with the Louisville Bats. The right-handed hitting outfielder who strained his hamstring on April 27, 48 games ago, is on the program used in spring training to get him back into playing shape.
There is a difference between conditioning that Heisey has been doing all along and playing shape in which the simple act of squatting in a defensive stance creates soreness.
'I hope that we have him ready by Oakland (the Reds play two games there Tuesday and Wednesday)," Dusty Baker said.
Baker badly wants his right-handed bat. The road back for Heisey has been a long one.
"He's taking a long time. He's been out awhile," Baker said. "Heisey knows the signs now if he's tight or not. If you've never been injured before, man, you don't know especially in your legs. I think it's his first pulled muscle. You don't know when to be protective. You don't know if you're overly cautious. You don't know when you're being foolish."
Baker has been forced to use left-handed pinch-hitters against left-handed pitching. Looking ahead, he is going to need Heisey.
"Texas is starting left-handers and we are going to need a designated hitter," Baker said. "Everybody has been doing a good job but I need some pop too."
Heisey has four hits in seven at bats, including a double in his two games at Louisville.
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