Norris scheduled to make next start

Norris scheduled to make next start

Norris scheduled to make next start
HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Bud Norris, who suffered a bruised left foot when he was hit by a comebacker to the mound on Wednesday in Chicago, should be ready to make his next start, general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Brad Mills said Friday.

Norris is scheduled to pitch Tuesday in St. Louis against the Cardinals, a team he's 7-3 against with a 2.47 ERA in 12 career starts. He'll throw in the bullpen Saturday to further test the foot.

Meanwhile, center fielder Jordan Schafer, who's been on the disabled list since Aug. 7 with a left shoulder separation, is expected to begin a rehab assignment at the team's Gulf Coast League affiliate in Florida early next week before heading to Double-A Corpus Christi.

"We're still taking it day by day," Luhnow said.

Relief pitcher Francisco Cordero, who's been out since Aug. 2 with right foot sesamoiditis, has a rehab stint mapped out at Triple-A Oklahoma City with hopes he can return by the start of next month.

"He's doing his throwing program and he's not quite ready to throw off the mound," Mills said. "But that's coming very shortly."