Schafer a few days away from return to lineup

Schafer a few days away from return to lineup

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer, who sprained his left hand making a diving catch in the outfield on Sunday, said he's still a few days away from being able to return to the lineup. Schafer took some swings off a tee on Friday, but had to shut it down when he tried to hit live pitching.

"It's still a little sore for that," he said. "I took some soft toss and that was OK, so we'll go from there. It shouldn't be more than a few days. I'm feeling better every day. Swinging off the tee, I was fine, but it was a little bit too much [pain] in live BP."

Meanwhile, left-hander Sergio Escalona has hit a roadblock in his recovery from a hyper extended left elbow suffered swinging a bat early in camp. Escalona threw one-third of an inning Thursday against the Mets in his second outing of the spring, and gave up four hits and four runs.

The Astros said he was set to be examined by a doctor.

"He's not pitching well and is feeling some discomfort and we're going to see where it goes," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Hopefully, it's nothing, and he'll just need rest or so forth. We're going to run out of time here pretty quickly, so we'll have to have a plan B."

The other lefty relief pitchers in camp are Wesley Wright, Fernando Abad and Zach Duke, who's also in the hunt for a rotation spot.