Paulino's return likely after All-Star break

Paulino's return likely after All-Star break

MILWAUKEE -- There's a chance right-hander Felipe Paulino, on the disabled list since June 21 with right shoulder tendinitis, might not return until after the All-Star break. Paulino hasn't suffered a setback, but he's eligible to come off the DL next week and would make only one start before the break.

Astros manager Brad Mills and pitching coach Brad Arnsberg have discussed giving Paulino the extra time to make sure he's healed. And considering he's thrown 86 innings -- his career high in the pros is 132 1/3 -- the extra rest might be a good idea.

"We're definitely going to be cautious with him, especially since he's such a special arm," Mills said. "We want to make sure he's 100 percent and his strength is back where it needs to be. We need to err on the side of caution and let him get strong."

Paulino, who is 1-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 starts, is throwing off flat ground and played catch with Mills on the field prior to Saturday's game. But there are not yet any plans for him to get on a mound and begin throwing.

"He threw the ball real well," Mills said.