HOUSTON -- Called "the forgotten man" by general manager Jeff Luhnow, Astros pitcher Alex White took a huge step forward in his recovery process from Tommy John surgery Tuesday by throwing two innings in a game at extended spring training in Kissimmee, Fla.
Luhnow said the Astros were pleased with what they saw from White, who had the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow repaired a little more than a year ago. White injured the elbow at the end of Spring Training last year, a few months after the Astros acquired him in a trade with the Rockies.
"It was a milestone for him," Luhnow said. "We saw the velocity back up in the neighborhood of where he was before he got hurt. He still has a little more to go, but that's encouraging. All the secondary stuff was sharp today.
"To me, having had the surgery a little over 12 months ago, he should be starting to understand the timetable for him returning to games in the Minor Leagues, and after today, we now can see the end of the tunnel. I'm not going to make any promises, but he'll continue to throw in games down there, and if that continues, we'll send him down on a rehab assignment."
Meanwhile, right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (right lat strain) threw live batting practice Tuesday for the first time and looked and felt good, Luhnow said. Veteran right-hander Jesse Crain (right biceps surgery/bursitis) threw off flat ground again Tuesday and is feeling increasingly better, according to Luhnow.
Second-base prospect Delino DeShields Jr., who suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was hit by a pitch April 18 while playing for Double-A Corpus Christi, has also arrived in Florida to rehab. Luhnow said he's there to take batting practice and potentially see live pitching while the Hooks are on the road.
DeShields could return to Corpus Christi when they return home Saturday.
"We feel like he's getting very close," Luhnow said.