Former top pick Mier out with hamstring injury

Former top pick Mier out with hamstring injury

Former top pick Mier out with hamstring injury
Former first-round pick Jiovanni Mier, a shortstop who was hitting .309 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 26 at-bats at Class A Lexington, is expected to miss about three to four weeks with a hamstring injury, Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said.

Mier is going to be examined in Houston in the next few days.

"We just don't know [the severity] until he's evaluated and we get a clear picture of how severe it was," Nelson said. "It's a pretty significant hamstring injury."

In other injury news, right-hander Jack Armstrong, whom the Astros selected in the third round out of Vanderbilt in last year's Draft, is still wearing a brace after undergoing Tommy John surgery two weeks ago. Nelson said team doctors are pleased with his progress, but he'll miss all of 2012.