"When it's six or seven days I probably need to recover, I should be on the DL," Bourgeois said. "It's a National League team, so you need everybody ready to go at all times."
Bourgeois said he was feeling "very sore" on Wednesday, but he hopes he won't need the full 15 days before he is ready to start running again.
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"The goal is to be ready after 15 [games] now, because I have that time," Bourgeois said. "But hopefully, I can be ready in six or seven days. It'll be a great start for the rehab process."
Astros general manager Ed Wade said he noticed Bourgeois favoring his right leg since the first game of last week's series at Texas.
"I thought I noticed something in his gait at that point in time after the game," Wade said. "He was cramping and he got an IV bag at that point because of the dehydration. I sort of wonder whether a part of it was more than just a cramp at that point."
Wade said Bourgeois and Michael Bourn provide a different dynamic for a team who has struggled to hit the ball out of the ballpark.
"It's probably very frustrating for a guy who gets a chance like that and then to have some leg issue and have the oblique strain," Wade said. "I hope it resolves quickly."
Brian Bogusevic was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Bourgeois' spot on the roster.
"Things happen with moves all the time, but you can't really bank on anything happening in your future," Bogusevic said. "You've just got to go down and do your work."
Bogusevic hit .257 with three home runs, four triples, 14 stolen bases and 27 RBIs in 49 games with Oklahoma City this year.
"I feel good," Bogusevic said. "It was good to go out and play every day down there."