Schafer says hand sprain is ‘really sore’

Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer, who sprained his left hand making a diving catch in Sunday’s win over the Mets, is expected to miss about a week. Schafer was still in some pain Monday.

“It’s really sore today,” Schafer said. “Like they told me, with a sprain the next day is probably going to be the worst. I’m just happy it’s not broken. I’m OK with missing a couple of days, but I just didn’t want the break and to miss a couple of months. I’m happy it’s only a sprain.”

And for good reason. Schafer has had plenty of problems with his left hand in the past. He had left wrist surgery at the end of the 2009 season, and last year broke a joint on his left middle finger. He was on the disabled list with that injury when the Astros acquired him from the Braves last July as part of the Michael Bourn deal.

Schafer is having a terrific spring and is hitting .391 (9-for-23) and will be the team’s starting center fielder. He drew a pair of walks Monday and scored two runs in his only two plate appearances as the leadoff hitter against the Mets.

Meanwhile, outfielder Justin Ruggiano didn’t travel with the team to Jupiter on Monday because of what he says was a stomach virus.

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