Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Baseball [Print without images]

Friday, June 10, 2011
Reed Johnson may return Monday

By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Rehabbing Chicago Cubs veterans Reed Johnson and Jeff Baker are expected to return to the team on Monday.

Both players had two at-bats Thursday for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs before rain suspended the game. Both are expected to play Friday night when Iowa resumes the suspended game and then plays a seven-inning game.

"Let's see how [Johnson] comes out of it tonight," Cubs manager Mike Quade said. "Maybe an off-day Sunday or Saturday, then come and join us on Monday, both he and Baker. That's what I'm looking at."

Johnson went on the DL retroactive to May 26 with back spasms. Baker strained his left groin and was put on the DL on May 29.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.