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04/25/08 7:45 PM ET

Soriano feeling good after workout

Eligible to return May 1, outfielder expects to be ready, lead off

WASHINGTON -- Alfonso Soriano tested his right calf on Friday, and the Cubs outfielder said he expects to be ready when he's scheduled to come off the disabled list on May 1.

"It was a very good workout, and I'm very happy," Soriano said. "Today was the best day, and I feel good. That's the most workout I've done in 10 days."

The Cubs had an early batting-practice session at Nationals Park, primarily to give Soriano time to work, and he ran the bases, took batting practice, and fielded balls in right field. He appeared to pass all the tests. One of the keys was stopping and starting while running the bases.

"No problem," said Soriano, sidelined since April 16 with a strained right calf. "The first one, I felt it a little bit, but after that nothing after that. I think I'll be available to play May 1. I have six more days."

Soriano will take Saturday off, then resume the workout on Sunday. He wasn't too worried about getting his hitting stroke back.

"I have six more days to hit," Soriano said. "Hitting is not a problem. The problem is more running and doing quick stops in the field. I have six days, and I'm going to swing a lot so when I come back I don't have to worry about my swing -- I can just worry about my legs."

Soriano expects to be back at the top of the Cubs' lineup when he returns, and able to do everything a leadoff man does.

"If I feel 100 percent, I'm going to do the same that I've been doing," he said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.