Schafer hits balls off tee, is progressing

Schafer hits balls off tee, is progressing

PHOENIX -- Center fielder Jordan Schafer, who's been on the disabled list with a broken finger since he was traded to the Astros from the Braves on July 31, hit balls off a tee for the second day in a row on Monday and is pleased with his progress.

"It feels a lot better," said Schafer, who hasn't played since breaking the middle finger on his left hand while with the Braves on July 26. "It's just a matter of how I feel every day and how it progresses."

Astros manager Brad Mills said that Schafer will likely be sent out on a Minor League rehab assignment around Aug. 20. He will then play three or four games before being activated sometime prior to the Sept. 1 date when rosters can be expanded.

Schafer is hoping to take batting practice in the next couple of days.

"Just as long as it keeps progressing, I'll be alright," he said.