Stassi nearing return from concussion

Stassi nearing return from concussion
September 17, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Max Stassi hasn’t been cleared to play for the Astros yet, but the catcher is leaving Wednesday night for instructional league in Kissimmee, Fla. Stassi, who has been cleared for workouts, is expected to rejoin the Astros on Monday in Arlington, where he could be activated from the disabled list for the series with the Rangers.

Stassi has been recovering from his first concussion. He was hit by a pitch that glanced off his shoulder and hit him in the face on Aug. 21 from a pitch by the Rangers’ Tanner Scheppers. Stassi took live batting practice for the first time this past Saturday and has been catching bullpen sessions.

“Everything has been symptom-free ever since I started taking batting practice and catching bullpen,” said Stassi. “I’ll be there for a few days and I’ll be back for the series opener in Arlington.

“I’ll be cleared hopefully by then and ready to go.”

Stassi said he’ll practice for the first time in Florida on Thursday. The instructional league is practice in the morning, then lunch, followed by an afternoon game. The routine is similar to spring training. The instructional league is more for the organization’s younger prospects.

Stassi had two hits in his major league debut on Aug. 20, and sustained the concussion in his second game with the Astros. He had been a recent call up from Double-A Corpus Christi.