Schafer given more time for hand to heal

Schafer given more time for hand to heal

Schafer given more time for hand to heal
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer is expected to be out of action at least a couple of more days to give the nerve injury in his left hand more time to heal. An examination by a hand specialist in Atlanta on Tuesday showed no major damage to the hand, which Schafer injured March 18 making a diving catch.

"For a couple of days, I'm just going to relax and let it settle down a little bit," Schafer said. "They said everything should be good. They said nothing was seriously wrong and that I just needed a little bit of rest. We'll be good to go here shortly. The main goal is to be ready on [Opening Day on April 6]. Obviously, I'd like to get some at-bats down here, and hopefully I can before the season starts."

Schafer has been limited to only 23 at-bats this spring, but has nine hits. Schafer took batting practice over the weekend, but admits he did too much too soon.

"The one day if felt really good and it was a little sore the next day, and the next day after that it was sore once again," he said. "I just need to give it a little time. You have to let that nerve calm down and I'll be good."

Schafer, acquired from the Braves as part of the Michael Bourn deal a year ago, is pegged as the Astros' starter in center field.