HOUSTON - Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler is hoping some home cooking will get him going.
Fowler, who went 2-for-22 on the team's road trip to Toronto and Texas, entered Tuesday hitting .500 (6-for-12) at Minute Maid Park this year. He was 2-for-4 in each of the first three games of the season-opening series against the Yankees before missing all four games of the Angels series with a stomach virus.
"I'm stilling trying to find my legs," he said. "I really don't make excuses. I have been weak and been trying to get my timing and stuff back, and I think that's huge. Getting back to home and getting some rest and all that, it's definitely helping."
Fowler lost eight pounds during his ordeal, and he said he's slowly putting the weight back on. He doubled to right field in his first at-bat Tuesday.
"That's why you play 162 games," Fowler said. "If it were that easy, we'd play half a season and call it a day. It's a grind, and we'll see how it goes at the end of the year."
Sore foot limits Castro to DH duties
HOUSTON -- Jason Castro was limited to designated hitter duties Tuesday because of the soreness he was still feeling in his right foot. He was hit by a pitch on the toe Saturday in Arlington and didn't play Sunday. The team was off Monday, so Castro had two days to recover.
"It's feeling better, but it's not 100 percent," said Castro, who, in his first at-bat Tuesday, shot a single to right field. "I think it's good enough to at least hit. Squatting, I think, would be a little much. Hopefully I'll kind of ease into some stuff today and then possibly by [Wednesday] I should be back there. We'll see how it responds. If everything goes well today, hopefully I can get back there [Wednesday]."
Castro missed two games after suffering a contusion to his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in the third game of the season. He was hit by two pitches in that game, becoming the first Astros player since Brad Ausmus in 2007 to be hit by two pitches in the same game.
Castro missed the final three weeks of the 2013 season after having a cyst removed from his right knee, the same knee in which he tore the anterior cruciate ligament and medial meniscus in spring 2011, injuries that caused him to miss the entire season. In December 2011 he underwent surgery to remove the sesamoid bone in his left foot.
Feldman to make next start after death of father
HOUSTON -- Scott Feldman was back at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday and said he plans to take his turn in the rotation Thursday. Feldman was away from the team and on the bereavement list for three days to attend the funeral of his father in California.
"I've never been away from the team like this in my career," he said. "It felt kind of weird. Hopefully I don't have to do something like this again until I'm done playing -- for a long time. It was not fun, but I'm glad to be back."
All things considered, Feldman said the services for his father Marshall on Monday in California went well.
"It was as good as it could go for funeral," he said. "It was sad, but there was a lot of laughing going on. A lot of his buddies had some good stories and stuff. The people that spoke did a great job."
Feldman, who signed a three-year, $30 million deal this winter, has been terrific. He's 2-0 with a 0.44 ERA in three starts this year.
"He's doing what we expected him to do, be at the top of our rotation and give us good innings and model the right type of behavior for the rest of our guys," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Am I surprised he's had three good outings? No. Is he going to have all good outings this year? Probably not. He's a veteran pitcher, and there's a reason we signed him. And he's living up to our expectations, and I think he'll continue."