HOUSTON -- Astros relief pitcher Matt Albers hopes to take a step forward in his long recovery from should tendinitis by throwing off a mound on Friday. Albers has been on the disabled list since April 22.
"I've been feeling pretty good," Albers said. "I think I felt pretty good a couple of times and then when I got off the mound, I had a setback. Hopefully, this time we're making sure I stretch it out and get some extra throwing in before I get back off the mound, but it's feeling pretty good right now."
Albers is just trying to stay optimistic and doesn't want to think about what another setback could mean for him with only two months remaining in the season.
"There's a couple of months left, so there's still time to come back and help the team," he said. "I'm trying to make sure I'm good and ready when I get back and not have another setback."
Albers said he won't be able to push himself too much when he's on the mound Friday, maybe throwing at 70-75 percent intensity.
"I've felt pretty good a couple of times and hit a wall," he said. "That's been a little frustrating, feeling like I'm actually coming back and being closer and having another setback. I'm trying to do everything I can just to get back."
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