KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros first baseman Carlos Lee will make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Mets at Osceola County Stadium. Lee wasn't in the lineup for the first three games because of a mild right hamstring strain.
"We've got him in the lineup," Astros manager Brad Mills said.
Lee tweaked the hamstring while working out this winter in his native Panama and needed a few more days at the start of spring camp to get game ready. He said Monday he ran the bases and did wind sprints on Sunday without any issues, giving him the green light to play.
Meanwhile, catcher Humberto Quintero (back/hip) is still a few days from getting into the lineup, Mills said. Third baseman Jimmy Paredes (wrist) and infielder Angel Sanchez (back) continue to progress and were scheduled to take batting practice on Monday. Mills said they're tentatively slated to take live batting practice on Tuesday.
Sanchez has been doing drills with his teammates for the past few days and is anxious to get into games. A non-roster invitee this year, he's playing for a spot on the club. He injured his back helping his mother move boxes down stairs.
"I worked a lot in the offseason to be ready to play here," Sanchez said. "I can't wait."