Sanchez slowly working his way back from fall

Versatile infielder Angel Sanchez has been dealing with a tight back this spring after slipping and falling while taking his mother’s luggage down a set of stairs earlier this month. Sanchez took some ground balls hit right at him Wednesday and swung at balls on a tee.

“It felt way better than [Tuesday], so it’s improving,” he said.

Sanchez, a non-roster invitee who started at shortstop on Opening Day last year, was able to field ground balls at shortstop, second base and third base, but not at full speed. Astros manager Brad Mills would like to be able to get him on the field soon at full speed.

“His back is still real tight and the doctors don’t feel comfortable letting him go with it,” he said. “We’re still taking nice and easy ground balls right at him, but it’s putting him behind the eight ball because it’s not giving him an opportunity to take ground balls and take swings. We’re not going to rush him because we want to make sure he’s 100 percent.”

Be sure to check out this feature on CF Jordan Schafer by clicking here.

Here are some photos, some of which are up-close:

Wandy Rodriguez has some fun.

Humberto Quintero has some fun.

J.A. Happ warms up for live batting practice.

J.B. Shuck cracks a grin.

Juan Abreu throws to hitters with Burt Hooton watching.

Jason Bourgeois wonders why I'm standing so close.

The future: Jonathan Singleton, Delino DeShields Jr., George Springer.

Fernando Martinez awaits BP.

Smoke billows across the street while Henry Sosa pitches.

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