Astros injury updates
Here is the latest on some of the Astros’ injured players:
– RHP Scott Feldman, who’s been on the disabled list since April 18 with right biceps tendinitis, threw 35 pitches in the bullpen Tuesday afternoon without any problems and is expected to be slotted back into the rotation soon.
Feldman, who went 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his first three starts with the Astros, said he’ll throw a simulated game on Thursday or Friday and then should be good to go. He could come off the disabled list as early as Saturday.
“I’ve just got to sit down with the training staff and coaches and kind of map out where we go from here,” he said. “I feel like I could pitch right now. We’ll see what happens. We’ve got to get through the live BP first before we know.”
– RHP Alex White took a huge step forward in his recovery process from Tommy John surgery by throwing two innings Tuesday in a game at extended Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla.
General manager Jeff Luhnow said the Astros were pleased with what they saw from White, who had the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow repaired a little more than a year ago. White injured the elbow at the end of Spring Training last year, a few months after the Astros acquired him in a trade with the Rockies.
“It was a milestone for him,” Luhnow said. “We saw the velocity back up in the neighborhood of where he was before he got hurt. He still has a little more to go, but that’s encouraging. All the secondary stuff was sharp today.
“To me, having had the surgery a little over 12 months ago, he should be starting to understand the timetable for him returning to games in the Minor Leagues, and after today we now can see the end of the tunnel. I’m not going to make any promises, but he’ll continue to throw in games down there, and if that continues we’ll send him down on a rehab assignment.”
– RHP Asher Wojociechowski (right lat strain) threw live batting practice Tuesday for the first time and looked good and felt good, Luhnow said.
– RHP Jesse Crain (right biceps surgery/bursitis) threw off flat ground again Tuesday and is feeling increasingly better, according to Luhnow.
– 2B prospect Delino DeShields Jr., who suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was hit by a pitch April 18 for Double-A Corpus Christi, has also arrived in Florida to rehab. Luhnow said he’s there to take batting practice and potentially see living pitching while the Hooks are on the road.