Double-A rehab slated to keep Lee close

Double-A rehab slated to keep Lee close

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Astros headed to Arlington this weekend to play the Rangers and Houston's Double-A Corpus Christi affiliate beginning a four-game series at Frisco, first baseman Carlos Lee may not have to stray far for his Minor League rehab.

Astros manager Brad Mills said Wednesday that Lee would likely head to Texas on Thursday to join the Hooks on either Thursday night or Friday. By playing in Frisco, which is a suburb of Dallas, Lee would be able to stay in the team hotel and perhaps be available to be activated as early as Sunday if all goes well.

"If he runs today and feels good, we'll send him out to start rehabbing for two or three days and see how he feels and go from there," Mills said.

Lee, who's been on the disabled list since June 2 with a left hamstring strain, could still rehab with Triple-A Oklahoma City, which is at Round Rock this weekend.

"We've got some options; we're still trying to see how we're going to do this," Mills said.