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Albers' rehab 'in a holding pattern'

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HOUSTON -- Astros reliever Matt Albers is still several days away from even throwing again, the right-hander confirmed on Monday.

Albers, who has missed 19 games with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, scrapped his simulated start on Friday because of discomfort during warmups. That's pushed his timeline back as he remains on the 15-day disabled list.

"I feel OK, it's just when I'm playing catch, it feels good," he said. "When you let it go, not as great. Kind of shut down the sim game, didn't want to push it and make things worse."

Albers said he's "in a holding pattern for now" as he awaits further rehab. He's limited to exercise and stretching without much of a timetable since he isn't even playing catch.

"I've taken the last couple days off and will decide in the next couple days when to start throwing again," Albers said, "No exact plan, but I want to get throwing soon."

Astros manager Bo Porter said he's awaiting doctor's evaluations on the shoulder before he plans for Albers' return.

Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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