One of the more prominent names acquired in the flurry of Astros trade deadline action, outfielder Jordan Schafer, has yet to play in a game with his new team up to this point.
Schafer sustained a severe finger fracture in late July as a member of his previous team, the Atlanta Braves. The injury caused him to remain inactive for a multi-week stretch, but encouraging news has at arrived at last!
The 24-year old has expressed plenty of eagerness to get on the field and show his new team the kind of player that they have landed in acquiring him.
Schafer took batting practice Tuesday evening in Houston (ahead of Brian Bogusevic’s spectacular walk-off grand slam) and had his hand examined by the medical staff. He will now report to the Oklahoma City Red Hawks for a Triple-A rehab assignment.
So how soon should fans expect to see him with the big-league club? Well, according to beat reporter Alyson Footer, he’ll likely join the Astros in Colorado following this weekend.
It will be great for the Stros to have Schafer on their team now, especially when you consider that he’s burned them to the tune of a .353 batting average, with a stolen-base rate of once-per-game in 2011.
Then again, with Bogusevic crushing, J.D. Martinez tearing the cover off the ball, Jason Bourgeois making all kinds of web-gems in the grass, J.B. Shuck getting on-base, and Carlos Lee continuing to exist… where’s he going to play?