Bourgeois to start rehab assignment Monday

Bourgeois to start rehab assignment Monday

HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who's been on the disabled list since May 8 with a strained left oblique, will begin a Minor League rehab assignment Monday at extended spring training in Kissimmee, Fla., before shifting to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Bourgeois took batting prvce on the field Saturday at Minute Maid Park without any problems, and even fielded grounders at second base under the watchful eye of manager Brad Mills.

"I felt real good," Bourgeois said. "The first couple of rounds, it's always in the back of your mind, and you want to ease into it. I can't wait until I'm ready to get out of here and I'm ready for something positive."

Bourgeois said he will spend three days at extended spring before joining Oklahoma City for three or four games. Playing at extended spring will allow Bourgeois a more flexible game regimen in which he can get as many at-bats and play in as many innings as necessary. He hopes to be activated when the Astros begin their next homestand on June 7.

"If all goes well, we would assume by the time we come off the road trip, or the day after, or shortly thereafter, he would be ready to go," Astros general manager Ed Wade said.