Day 20: Rain dampens everything; injury updates
This is my seventh year covering the Astros and coming to Kissimmee for Spring Training, and I’ve never seen it rain like it did the last two days. The Astros were rained out Thursday in Viera, Fla., where they were supposed to play the Nationals. The team got on the bus for Dunedin, Fla., and was going to try to play the Blue Jays on Friday. Not sure if they will be able to do that.
I stayed in Kissimmee today to check on first baseman Lance Berkman and pitcher Alberto Arias, both of whom were examined by team medical director Dr. David Lintner. Berkman said the results of the exam of his bruised left knee were “inconclusive” and that further assessment was needed. At this point, it’s nothing that’s going to keep him out of games.
Arias said he was diagnosed with inflammation in his right shoulder. He’s going to take a couple of more days off from throwing and could get a cortisone shot soon. Arias was relieved, though, that Lintner didn’t diagnosis him with anything major.
Also, right-hander Brandon Lyon took another step towards returning when he faced live hitters for the first time Friday morning. Lyon threw 25 pitches in the batting cage to hitters from Minor League camp and said he felt good. He’ll likely throw to hitters again on Sunday, this time on the field.
Because I’m not with the team in Dunedin today, I won’t have my post-game analysis blog entry. If there is more news on Berkman’s knee, I’ll be sure to pass it along.
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