ST. LOUIS -- Rookie shortstop Tommy Manzella, who's been out six weeks with a fractured left index finger, is scheduled to begin his Minor League rehab assignment Thursday night in Corpus Christi. Manzella flew to Houston from St. Louis on Wednesday night and will undergo a precautionary MRI before joining the Hooks.
Manzella gave the finger a good test when he participated in a simulated game Wednesday and faced teammate Brian Moehler.
"On the swings I took off Moe I felt pretty good," he said. "I had one where I kind of foul-tipped it and didn't square it up and that was good and I responded well to that. I'm definitely ready to get going and get into a game."
The plan is for Manzella to get two at-bats in two games and then increase to three at-bats in two games. When he's prepared to play a full game, he will continue his rehab at Triple-A Round Rock. The longest the rehab could last is 20 days, but Manzella hopes it won't be that long.
"It's going to depend on how I feel," he said. "I think it's going to be on my end, basically getting into playing shape and letting them know when I'm physically ready to play."