Sampson almost ready to return

Right-hander Chris Sampson, who’s eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, threw in the bullpen at Minute Maid Park prior to Wednesday’s game and says he’s on track to return to action in time for next week’s crucial road trip to Chicago and St. Louis. He’s been on the DL retroactive July 10 with right shoulder spasms.

“I felt like I hadn’t slept in two days and slept on a rock-hard bed when I did sleep,” Sampson said. “Not only was my [shoulder] a little stiff, but my body’s stiff. I cut some pitches off today, but based on the circumstances of the last couple of days I felt great.”

Sampson worked out at the ballpark before scurrying to The Methodist Hospital to pick us his wife, Heather. She gave birth Tuesday to the couple’s second child, a boy named Colt Parker Sampson.

Sampson will throw lightly during Thursday’s off day and throw a simulated game Friday.

“That will be a better judge because I’ll have had a normal life for a couple of days,” Sampson said. “I don’t think there’s anything to set me back.”

Meanwhile, second baseman Kaz Matsui, who fouled a ball off his right knee Tuesday and crumpled to the ground, was back in the lineup Wednesday and said he was fine. Lance Berkman is progressing in his battle with a Grade 2 calf strain and could return to the lineup Friday.

4 Comments

I was wondering if Matty would be sending himself back to the DL…weren’t we all?

Good luck on that record Brian ;)

Hopefully everyone will improve and we will continue to better as a team.

Glad to see he is doing well. Hopefully the family and the baby will get settled in easily. Give more updates on him and the baby.

Glad to see Sampson is doing well. Although I can’t beleive he says he is going to have things normal now with a newborn coming home. I guess he means not being at the hospital. That’s got to be nice coming home. Tell him to take it easy and stay well.

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