"It feels better now," said Paredes, who went to Houston to be examined before coming to spring camp.
Paredes, 23, played in 39 games for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican, hitting .306 with one homer, 18 RBIs and five steals in 124 at-bats. The Astros plucked him from Double-A Corpus Christi last August, and he started 44 games and batted .286 with two homers and 18 RBIs.
The Dominican native comes to camp competing for the starting job at third base with Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace. Because he's so athletic, there has been some talk about Paredes possibly switching positions again, but for now he remains at third base.