Lindstrom to get on mound Wednesday

Lindstrom to get on mound Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA -- Astros reliever Matt Lindstrom, who's been on the disabled list since Aug. 16 with a lower back strain, is scheduled get on the mound Wednesday when he throws in the bullpen before the game. Lindstrom threw off flat ground twice last weekend in Florida and is feeling better.

"Getting out there and playing catch, it was the first time in a little while, and I kind of felt like myself," Lindstrom said. "I'm looking forward to getting back out there and helping my teammates. It's tough sitting here and watching the guys play good. I look forward to jumping back in there and landing on my feet when I get off the DL."

Lindstrom, who is eligible to return from the disabled list Aug. 31, was dealing with back issues for several weeks before he was finally put on the DL following a series of bad outings. That cost him a chance to pitch against his former team, the Marlins, last weekend in Miami.

"You don't plan on things like this happening," Lindstrom said. "I probably should have tried to get it fixed a little bit earlier, but I've been stubborn. There are certain things you can battle through and certain things you can't, and this is one of those things."