Valbuena day to day due to sprained toe

Astros third baseman aggravated injury on hard slide into home

Valbuena day to day due to sprained toe

CLEVELAND -- Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena is listed as day to day and was unavailable for Monday's series opener against the Indians after an X-ray performed at Progressive Field revealed a sprained left big toe.

Houston manager A.J. Hinch said Valbuena has been dealing with the issue on and off for a few weeks, and Valbuena aggravated it when he slammed into the catcher sliding home on Sunday in Boston.

Valbuena is hitting .203 with 19 homers and 36 RBIs and has a hit in each of his past seven road games with a .423 average during that time. Marwin Gonzalez got the start at third base Monday against the Indians.

"His toe is very sore," Hinch said. "He's not going to start or do any activity on the field. We're trying to nurse him back to better health. Any time you have foot problems, it's painful and tough to navigate. Hopefully a day of rest will be good for him."

• Right-hander Scott Feldman, who's recovering from right knee surgery, made his first rehab start for Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday and gave up three runs, four hits and three walks in three innings. It was his first start since May 26. He underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Hinch said Feldman's outing was better the longer it got, and he was rusty initially. The command of his cutter improved and he had more finish on his pitches in the third inning.

• Right-handed reliever Chad Qualls, on the disabled list with a pinched nerve in his neck, will throw in a rehab game on Tuesday at Corpus Christi. He could throw one more before rejoining the team Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla., to face the Rays.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.