HOUSTON -- A day after a hard collision at first base with Brewers slugger Prince Fielder, Astros first baseman Brett Wallace was held out of the lineup on Saturday as a precaution. Wallace was available to play against the Brewers and is expected to return to the starting lineup for Sunday's series finale.
"I feel pretty good," Wallace said. "I came in and got some treatment and I was able to go down the cage and hit and took [batting practice] and moved around pretty good. I'm feeling pretty good. I'll hopefully be back in there tomorrow."
Wallace was relieved the injury hadn't worsened when he woke up Saturday morning.
"I think last night they were worried it was going to swell up a lot more and get tighter and tighter," he said. "I got up and I was actually pretty loose and able to get around most of the day and get the treatment in. It's still stiff and a little sore, but definitely playable."
Manager Brad Mills said Wallace was available to pinch-hit as long as he had time to warm up.
"The situation is with a night game [Saturday] and a day game [Sunday], if he played tonight he would probably have to sit out tomorrow," he said. "If he gets one of those two days, I would probably give him the day [off] today and give him the chance to heal and feel better and heal. He has an afternoon game tomorrow and then into Monday night to heal as well."