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Moehler tests groin in bullpen

Moehler tests groin in bullpen

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Brian Moehler, who's been on the disabled list since July 8 with a right groin strain, threw 40 pitches in the bullpen prior to Saturday's game, moving a step closer to returning to action. Moehler had a tendon tear from a bone in his groin area, but he was advised to not have surgery.

"If he stays on track, we could probably put his rehab schedule together for him," Astros general manager Ed Wade said. "If he moves in a straight line, we'll get him out and get him pitching somewhere."

Wade said right-hander Felipe Paulino, who's been on the disabled list since June 21 with right shoulder tendinitis, continues to feel better. Shortstop Tommy Manzella is continuing his rehab from a fractured left index finger and is hitting .407 (11-for-27) through eight games combined at Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock.

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"We're playing it by ear at this point," Wade said about Manzella. "It's almost like he's going to Spring Training again. I can envision us using the entire 20 days we have [as a rehab period]. That doesn't mean he won't be back here before then, but we want him to be game ready when he gets here."

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