Schafer, who has been on the 15-day disabled since July 20 with a left middle finger joint injury, is scheduled to fly to Oklahoma City on Wednesday to begin a five-game rehab assignment with the Triple-A RedHawks. Schafer took batting practice on the field Tuesday and was examined by Dr. Tom Mehlhoff.
"It's hard enough getting traded when you're on the DL," said Schafer, acquired from the Braves in the Michael Bourn deal on July 31. "To not really know anybody, and come over and feel like you want to get out there and prove to your teammates you can play, I'm excited to get out there."
If all goes well, Schafer will fly to Denver on Sunday night and be activated prior to the Astros' game Monday against the Rockies. He was hitting .240 with 15 stolen bases in 52 games in center field with the Braves before being traded.
"It's been 18, 19 days since I played," Schafer said. "Obviously, I'm anxious to get out there, especially with a new team. I'm ready to get out there and start playing and see what I can do."