Injured Astros on track for Spring Training

Injured Astros on track for Spring Training

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena and relief pitcher Pat Neshek both recently underwent minor foot surgeries and should be ready for the start of Spring Training, general manager Jeff Luhnow revealed on Monday.

Luhnow also said veteran starting pitcher Scott Feldman was cleared by doctors last week to resume his normal offseason throwing program after being sidelined in the final month with a right shoulder sprain. And pitcher Brad Peacock, who had back surgery in August, has begun throwing bullpens and is going through his normal offseason routine at this point.

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Valbuena, who hit .224 with 25 homers and 56 RBIs last season, had surgery in October to fix a bunion on his left foot, Luhnow said.

"He's currently rehabbing, and the progress has been great," Luhnow said. "We expect him to be at full strength for Spring Training."

Neshek was bothered by foot issues all season, and Luhnow said he had a minor procedure about two weeks ago to repair a fracture in his right foot. He'll be in a walking boot for about six weeks, but should be 100 percent for the spring.

"We'll be at heightened alert when all four of these guys show up at camp," Luhnow said. "Any time you have an offseason issue, you have to monitor it closely."

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