Astros take 'wait-and-see' approach with Schafer

Astros take 'wait-and-see' approach with Schafer

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Two weeks after injuring his left hand making a diving catch in the outfield, Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer took batting practice prior to Sunday's game against the Tigers, but he wasn't able to see any game action.

Houston manager Brad Mills initially said he wanted Schafer to play a couple of innings in the outfield, but Schafer's hand still isn't responding.

"He's still felt it, I'm going to say quite a bit, when he took BP today," Mills said. "As of right now, we're just going to have to kind of wait and see where we are as we move forward. There's no doubt the anxiousness mounts each day as we move on. It shortens the at-bats he's going to get as the season starts."

Schafer, who had the hand heavily wrapped, said he will try to take batting practice again Monday, when the team is in Corpus Christi for its exhibition.

"They want to give me one more day," he said. "Hopefully, I'll be in there [Monday] and start getting some at-bats. As long as I'm fine in BP, I'll be ready to go."