Medical updates on Bourn, Lindstrom
Right-hander Matt Lindstrom, who’s been on the disabled list since Aug. 17 with a lower back strain, threw between 30 and 35 fastballs at about 80-85 percent effort in the bullpen prior to Sunday’s game and reported no problems.
Lindstrom was originally scheduled to throw Saturday and begin a Minor League rehab on Monday for Double-A Corpus Christi, but the back began bothering him again and moved back his bullpen session by one day.
“I’m not trying to throw as hard as I can out there,” Lindstrom said. “I was just trying to get a feel for the mound again and stuff. We’re going to continue to reevaluate how I feel and go from there. I’m anticipating an outing with the Double-A team within the next couple of days, so it should be fine. It’s a day-to-day thing. Whenever I wake up I try to see how I feel, but today was a good day.”
This has been a frustrating stretch for Lindstrom, who struggled through back issues and lost his job as closer just prior to going on the disabled list. He’s going to take the day off Monday, but is encouraged his arm feels great.
“I was making really good progress in Philly, and the last couple of days started to feel the spasms come back a little bit and we tried to stay off it,” Lindstrom said. “That’s why we pushed my bullpen back to today. Today I was waking up and feeling a little cranky, but we did the things we needed to do to get ready to throw another ‘pen. It went well.”
Center fielder Michael Bourn left Sunday’s loss to the Mets in the eighth inning with a strained hamstring. He said he was day-to-day and hoped to be able to play in Monday’s series opener against the Cardinals in Houston, but don’t expect the Astros to rush him to action.
Bourn said he first injured the hamstring beating out an infield hit in the third inning Sunday. He left the game in the eighth.
“It’s alright,” he said. “It got tight on me earlier in the game and that’s why some balls I couldn’t run out. Before it got too bad, I came out. I knew better than to try to keep going in there and to try to run again. You could feel the tightness and it was hot out there. Instead of being dumb, I tried to be smart.”
Bourn’s single Sunday gave him an eight-game hitting streak. He’s batting .382 during the streak with a .432 on-base percentage and five stolen bases. His infield hit was his National League-leading 32nd of the season.