HOUSTON -- After throwing 30-35 pitches in the bullpen Sunday in New York and making a 3 1/2-hour flight to Houston later that night, relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom reported to Minute Maid Park on Monday feeling surprisingly good.
Lindstrom, on the 15-day disabled list since Aug. 17 with a lower back strain, hopes to be able to throw at least one inning for Double-A Corpus Christi on a Minor League rehab assignment within the next couple of days and then be activated later in the week.
"I feel 110 percent better than I felt the last couple of days," Lindstrom said. "I'm ready to go get an inning in. I've been doing a lot of stabilization exercises and stuff like that and making good progress, too. Right now I feel like I did the first half of the season. It's just kind of like a big weight off my mind. I've been dealing with this for a long time now."
Lindstrom's back flared up in Philadelphia last weekend and pushed his rehab back by at least a day, but he feels his back problems are behind him. He was so concerned about his back problems that he put down $5,000 for a new bed, which has helped.
"After games I was struggling to get comfortable and would wake up four or five different times during the night," Lindstrom said. "A lot of guys would agree with me that sleep's pretty important when you're going through the season and how much of a grind it is. I'm starting to figure it out a little bit."