SEATTLE -- Starting left fielder Robbie Grossman appears to be at least a few days from returning to the lineup, considering he's not yet able to swing a bat. Grossman injured his oblique swinging the bat last Tuesday and hasn't played since.
"It's getting better," he said. "When I can swing without pain, I can play. I haven't even taken dry hacks swinging off a tee yet."
Grossman hoped to do that in the next couple of days to test the injury he called "nagging."
"It's a situation where we want to take it day by day and see how he's feeling," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He's not at the point he can swing. You're almost hesitant to pitch-run him or something like that just because he could get on the bases and have to dive back and now you reaggravated the situation. You have a setback this time of year and it's something that could linger into the offseason."
Grossman has hit safely in 29 of 35 games since he was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 27, batting .322 with nine doubles, four homers, 18 RBIs, seven walks and four stolen bases in that span. He appeared in 28 games earlier in the season before being sent down.
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