"It's still sore, but it is getting better," Chirinos said. "At least I can hit and throw. The last couple of days, I couldn't hit or throw. It's improving."
In other injury news:
• Outfielder Engel Beltre, who has missed all season with a broken bone in his right leg, has developed a stress fracture in his left leg. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday.
• Pitcher Miles Mikolas, sidelined with right shoulder fatigue, is playing catch but still not off a mound. He is hoping to get there later this week. He hasn't pitched since Aug. 25.
• Outfielder Jim Adduci is still recovering from a concussion and is not ready to play. He has not played since hitting his head on the warning track in Houston on Aug. 28.
• Jake Smolinski is starting to take batting practice, but he can only jog. He remains sidelined with a fractured bone in his left foot.
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