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Porter hopes Bedard returns to action soon

VIERA, Fla. -- Left-hander Erik Bedard has been limited to only two innings this spring because of a strained gluteal muscle. Astros manager Bo Porter said Bedard had been scheduled to pitch Saturday's game against the Braves, but he didn't pitch.

"He's been getting treatment, and hopefully we get him back out there soon," Porter said.

Bedard, who turned 34 on Tuesday, was signed as a non-roster invitee to compete for a spot in the starting rotation, and he certainly has plenty of time left to get healthy and get on the mound a few times. Bedard has been on the disabled list eight times in his career, with the injuries including Tommy John surgery in 2003, a strained oblique in '07, and left shoulder surgeries in '09 and '10.

This has proven to be a pretty healthy camp so far for the Astros outside of newly acquired catcher Max Stassi having to have surgery for a sports hernia that will sideline him until April.

Astros right-hander Hector Ambriz, who hadn't pitched in a spring game because of a sprained left ankle, saw his first Grapefruit League action with one inning of work Tuesday. Ambriz took a comebacker off his left ankle, but said he was fine.

"Everything felt good," he said. "I felt I made good pitches. The comebacker wasn't hit very hard. It got me directly on the ankle bone, but it wasn't an effect on me," Ambriz said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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