J.D. Martinez arrived at Minute Maid Park around 2 p.m. on Friday from Florida, where the Astros outfielder had been rehabbing since going on the 15-day disabled list on July 27 with a left wrist sprain.
Hours before the start of the Astros-Angels game, Martinez took live batting practice for the first time since the injury. And less than hour before the start of the game, the Astros announced that Martinez would be active for Friday night’s game.
“Everything is going well, my wrist is feeling good,” said Martinez. “I’m at the point where I haven’t faced any live pitching now. I came up here (to Houston) because there’s really nowhere else to go. All the teams are done.
“It’s a thing now where I’m slowly working my way back in and hopefully get into some games before the season ends.”
In Florida Martinez hit normal coach pitching and was hitting in the batting cage.
“Now I’m back,” said Martinez.
Martinez said it was tough being away from his teammates so long.
“It’s exciting to come back and see the guys,” said Martinez. “Come out here and talk some crap with everybody and catch up. I’m happy to be back.”