Royals’ Lorenzo Cain says he should be ready to play soon

As a few reporters hovered near the lockers of Eric Hosmer and Jarrod Dyson, contributors to another Royals victory, the team’s injured center fielder spoke up.

“You guys need me?” Lorenzo Cain asked the group. “Oh, wait. I didn’t play.”

He cracked up laughing. He hopes to alter that reality in the coming days. Cain indicated on Tuesday night he felt no lingering discomfort in his strained groin. He is eligible to return from the disabled list on Thursday, but the team would prefer he completes a minor-league rehabilitation assignment before reactivation.

Cain said a rehab stint beginning this weekend was “very possible.” The most likely destination for his return would be Monday in San Diego.

During the team’s most recent road trip, Cain completed agility drills and base-running exercises at Kauffman Stadium. He plans to join his teammates during their pregame workout on Wednesday. He wants to field ground balls and test his legs during those activities.

“I haven’t felt anything [for a while] now,” Cain said. “As long as I stay like that, it should be ready to go.”