Worth noting

Worth noting

• Rookie George Springer could return as soon as the opening game of the Astros' upcoming road trip starting Tuesday, according to Porter. The manager said he was "optimistic" the outfielder is "close," barring any setbacks with live shagging or baserunning.

Springer has taken batting practice before each of the last five games, including Saturday.

• The Astros will make a decision regarding their fifth starter coming out of Monday's off-day, Porter said on Saturday. Jake Buchanan and Brad Peacock appear to be the most viable options for the role.

Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.