07/26/09 8:32 PM ET
Hawkins to get MRI on sore back
Reliever limited by upper back strain and shingles
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
Hawkins has been pitching through back pain the past few weeks, and Astros general manager Ed Wade said the procedure would be performed to double-check Hawkins' upper back.
"He's been pitching with an upper back strain and shingles," Wade said. "We just want to see if the discomfort is a strain or a side effect of the shingles. He has been pitching with this for awhile."
The right-hander is 1-4 with a 2.36 ERA and 10 saves in 40 games this year. He's expected to join the team in time for Monday night's game at Wrigley Field.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.