Hoping to return this year, Schafer can't yet swing

Hoping to return this year, Schafer can't yet swing

Hoping to return this year, Schafer can't yet swing
ST. LOUIS -- More than a week after he aggravated his left shoulder diving for a ball in Cincinnati, Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer still isn't able to lift his arm over his head, much less swing a bat. He's been limited to pinch-running duties since Sept. 9.

Schafer was on the disabled list from Aug. 7 to Sept. 1 with a separated left shoulder.

"It's slowly gotten better, but it's not to the point to where I can really do anything yet," Schafer said. "I've tried the last couple of days, but it still bothers me and I haven't even tried to swing yet. It was getting better until I dove in Cincinnati and I landed awkward again, and it hasn't gotten [completely] better."

Schafer, who's hitting .211 this season, is hoping to get back in the batter's box by the end of the season, which is less than two weeks away.

"We don't have too much time for it to get better," Schafer said.