Astros manager Bo Porter said that Matt Albers (shoulder) remains unavailable for Thursday's game.
"Albers is one guy that's dealing with some shoulder stiffness," Porter said Thursday. "He's been down the last couple days. He's down again today. We'll let the training staff continue to evaluate, and we'll go day to day with his situation." While he reiterated that the team doesn't think Albers' injury is serious, the skipper wouldn't rule out a DL stint if the reliever doesn't get better in a hurry. "The longer we go, that risk can increase," Porter said. "This is the third day, so I'm not going to jump the gun yet. We'll see how he responds to treatment and hopefully things will work themselves out."
Chase Headley left Thursday's game against the Nationals with a right calf strain.
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It's the same injury he dealt with for nearly a month during spring training. The severity of the strain isn't known yet, but it sure seems like something that will probably send him to the disabled list. Alexi Amarista took over at third base for Headley on Thursday.
Rafael Furcal (hamstring) isn't expected to be activated from the disabled list until May 6.
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A report on Wednesday indicated that Furcal could return sometime next week, but the Marlins have decided it would be best if the infielder used all of his allotted 20 rehab days. Furcal has just four singles in his first 26 rehab at-bats.