HOUSTON -- Travis Buck, who hadn't played since straining his hamstring Wednesday in Washington, was expected to be available to pinch-hit on Saturday. Buck took batting practice before Saturday's game and appeared to be ready to go.
"I'm slowly but surely getting better," he said. "There was still some discomfort when I took batting practice [Friday] and I expect to be available. I can't take much more sitting around or not being able to do anything. I was kind of a mess in the dugout. It's not a good feeling knowing you can't help your teammates."
Buck, a left-handed hitter, said that if he does get an at-bat and puts the ball in play, he'll have to be mindful that his hamstring is not 100 percent. That, he says, could be difficult.
"Your instincts take over and you feel like you can do anything, so technically you have to play a little smart," he said. "It's going to be tough to pull it back. But I should be able to put together a productive at-bat and swing with no restrictions."