Astros using caution with Marisnick's return

Astros using caution with Marisnick's return

OAKLAND -- Houston manager A.J. Hinch continues to take a cautious approach to outfielder Jake Marisnick and his sore right leg, which kept him out of Friday night's series opener against the Oakland Athletics.

Marisnick, who has hit safely in 10 of his past 12 games, appears to be healthy and could be used if needed. Hinch wants to give him at least one more day.

"He's bouncing around pretty good, but I'm going to try and avoid using him," Hinch said before Saturday's game against the A's. "We're hopeful for tomorrow, but if not, I'm OK with another day."

Marisnick, who also has an on-base percentage of .400, felt some pain in his leg while running the bases during the American League West-leading Astros' 3-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

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