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HOUSTON -- Astros outfielder Alex Presley began a Minor League rehab assignment at short-season Tri-City on Tuesday. The ValleyCats opened a three-game series in Troy, N.Y., against Hudson Valley on Tuesday.

Presley has been on the disabled list since he strained his right oblique swinging the bat July 7 at Arlington, meaning Tuesday's game was the 29th he's missed. He went 0-for-3 as the designated hitter Tuesday and will play a couple of games in the field, getting action at all three outfield positions.

He should be activated during the team's upcoming road trip, which begins with four games in Boston and continues with three at Yankee Stadium. Both locations are relatively close to where Presley will be rehabbing in Tri-City.

"I'm excited to play," Presley said. "I'm set to go."

Presley experienced some soreness in the oblique taking batting practice Saturday, but he said it was because of inactivity. Because of that, he said he will need to adjust his routing during the rehab outing to stay warm.

"I'll try to do a better job of maybe coming in a little more time before and moving around some more so it's not a shock when I get in from BP," he said. "I'll get through each day and try to play full tilt and come away healthy. That's the goal. Whenever I can do that and I feel good about doing on-field things in game speed, I'm sure the decision will be made [to activate me]."

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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