In addition to catcher Jason Castro, outfielder Robbie Grossman and catcher Max Stassi of the Astros are on the mend.
Stassi hasn’t had balance problems in a week as he recovers from a concussion sustained on Aug. 21 at Texas. Stassi took batting practice in an indoor cage on Friday for the first time since the injury and is scheduled to take live batting practice on Saturday, prior to the Astros’ home game against the Angels.
Grossman is recovering from a strained right oblique and has missed the last nine games.
Stassi, who had two hits in his major league debut before being hit by a pitch that caused the concussion in his second game, has been rehabbing every day. He has been riding the bike, going through light workouts, throwing to about 60 feet, and hitting off a tee.
Stassi isn’t sure if he’ll get back in a game with the Astros this season.
“I’d love to get my opportunity this year,” said Stassi. “It’s unfortunate what happened. I had a pretty crazy first couple of games. It would be nice to finish off the year playing.
“I’m just going to do whatever they tell me. Work on some things in the offseason and come into the spring ready to roll.”
Grossman has not taken any batting practice since getting hurt on Sept. 3 against the Twins. He had the same injury four years ago in the Florida State League, but on the left side. Grossman said that took a couple of weeks to heal. Grossman said he’s progressing from his latest setback.
“It feels better every day,” said Grossman. “They work me more every single day. Just rest and get as much treatment as I can.”