Lackey expects to return from DL soon after eligible

Cubs starter rehabbing right shoulder strain

Lackey expects to return from DL soon after eligible

SAN DIEGO -- John Lackey played catch on Tuesday for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list Aug. 15, and if he continues to make progress, the Cubs right-hander will throw a bullpen session this weekend in Los Angeles. Lackey, rehabbing a right shoulder strain, did not expect to be sidelined too long after the Aug. 30 date when he's eligible to be activated.

"It felt good," Lackey said. "We'll see how it goes [Wednesday]. I don't anticipate anything. It felt pretty normal today. Hopefully, we'll keep moving forward."

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.