Chambers close to return from hamstring strain

Chambers close to return from hamstring strain

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Needless to say, outfielder Adron Chambers is eager to finally get into a game.

Chambers, a non-roster invitee who has appeared in 84 Major League games for the Cardinals over the previous three seasons, has been slowed by a mild left hamstring strain for more than a week. He participated in baserunning drills on Wednesday and could get into a game in the next few days.

"I've been out long enough," said Chambers, who's competing for a backup outfield spot. "Whether it's today, tomorrow, somewhere in there, I'm still waiting on the word. I feel great, a whole lot better than where I was. We'll see where I go from here."

Chambers not only wants to get on the field and show the staff what he can do, but he knows his teammates are probably ready to see him play.

"I'm just anxious to see what all this work was for," Chambers said. "I need to get back on the field and play some baseball. I know these guys are like, 'Man, when is he going to play?' If I were them, I'd be the same way. You want to be part of the team and do some work. I'm ready to go out there and do some work."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.