It was no ghost. It was Cain, who is back in Kansas City for a few days working on rehabbing from his left hip flexor injury. Cain's been on the disabled list since April 11. Originally it was a groin injury, but during a rehab assignment, he aggravated his hip flexor.
It looks like Cain's long stay away could be coming to a close soon. According to the banged-up outfielder, he's feeling better and he could be heading to another rehab assignment by next week.
"My leg is definitely feeling 10 times better than about two months ago," Cain said. "I've been running, sprinting on the field lately. I should be back very soon. I should be heading somewhere to play -- Double-A, Triple-A, wherever they want me -- very soon. I'm feeling very confident right now, just working to get back in the groove of things."
Manager Ned Yost said Cain will continue rehabbing through Sunday before a decision is made on where he will be going.
Yost also spoke on the recovery of injured catcher Salvador Perez, who has been on the disabled list since March with a torn meniscus. Perez has been hitting well during his rehab stint with Triple-A Omaha, posting a .444 batting average through six games with the Storm Chasers.
"We're getting closer," Yost said. "The thing that we've got to remember is that there is a timetable for these injuries, and we've got to make sure that we get through that time to make sure that there's no repercussions. He's doing very well right now. The natural instinct is to push it, but we can't do that. We've got to make sure that he's darn good and ready when he gets here so that we don't have any problems after he gets here. ... I imagine that within the next couple weeks, we'll see him up here."
Additionally, pitcher Everett Teaford, who was on the DL with an abdominal strain, completed his rehab assignment in Omaha and was optioned to the Storm Chasers on Tuesday.