The chances of former first-round pick Jiovanni Mier returning to Class A Lancaster in the near future appear to be diminishing.
Mier, the Astros' top pick in the 2009 Draft, hasn't played since May 4 because of a pulled hamstring. Mier has been rehabbing with the Astros' Gulf Coast League team in Kissimmee, Fla., and will likely resume his season there when he's healthy. Mier was hitting .309 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 26 games.
"He's not quite ready yet and he's very frustrated," Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said. "He just can't seem to get over the hump. He's close, but he's been away so long we're going to be forced to keep him down there. He can play some Gulf Coast League games on rehab and it would give him a chance to take some ground balls and see some pitches before we throw him back out in the fire."
A year ago, the Astros hired a rehab coordinator who's stationed in Kissimmee and is there to work with players who are going to be on the disabled list for extended time or with players who have specific types of injuries.