8/23/2014 8:04 P.M. ET
Springer ramping up quadriceps rehab
By John Perrotto / Special to MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- After suffering a setback in his rehab from a left quadriceps strain earlier in the month, rookie right fielder George Springer's recovery is now headed in the right direction.
Manager Bo Porter said that Springer, who has been out since July 20, is now able to take batting practice and run.
"He's making progress," Porter said.
Springer is hitting .231 with 20 home runs in 78 games. The Astros have held their own without his powerful bat in the lineup, as they were 15-16 since he went on the DL prior to Saturday night's game against the Indians.
"It's tough not to be out there with my teammates," Springer said. "That's the hardest part of being on the DL. But the good thing is that we're playing good baseball, so that makes it easier to take."
Peacock not concerned by forearm discomfort
CLEVELAND -- Astros starter Brad Peacock wasn't concerned a day after being removed from his start because of right forearm discomfort.
The right-hander rested and received treatment Saturday before Houston's game against the Indians at Progressive Field. He will play catch Sunday.
Peacock pitched five innings Friday night before being lifted in what was one of his better starts of the season. He allowed only one run and two hits in five innings with no walks and four strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision as the Astros scored four runs in the ninth for a 5-1 victory over the Indians.
"I'll know for sure once I throw, but I really don't think it's anything to worry about," Peacock said Saturday afternoon. "I feel a lot better than I did after last night's game. I've had this before when throwing between starts. I don't think it's serious."
The Astros could skip Peacock's next turn in the rotation because they have an off-day Monday, but manager Bo Porter said he did not anticipate doing so at this point.
Peacock is 3-8 with a 5.30 ERA in 23 games, including 19 starts. While he was warming up before Friday night's game, bullpen coach Craig Bjornson and bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte noticed he was tipping pitches.
"It definitely makes a difference when the hitters don't know what's coming," Peacock said.
Porter remembers days as college football player
CLEVELAND -- It wasn't only a baseball night in Cleveland on Saturday as the Astros and Indians met at Progressive Field.
The Browns hosted the St. Louis Rams in an NFL preseason game at FirstEnergy Stadium. Across the street from Progressive Field at Quicken Loans Arena, the Arena Football League's Cleveland Gladiators hosted the Arizona Rattlers in ArenaBowl XXVII.
That piqued the interest of Astros manager Bo Porter, who played in the Rose Bowl as a defensive back for the University of Iowa. Porter was asked by a reporter if he might go across the street and help out the Gladiators in their secondary as they tried to win a championship.
"I can still cover in my sleep," Porter said before pausing and grinning. "I didn't say for how many plays, though."
John Perrotto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.