Vincent was shut down after feeling some tightness in his strained right groin while throwing a bullpen session on Monday.
The hope for reliever Nick Vincent to return from the disabled list sometime during the current homestand has been scratched and his return is now to be determined.
The modified recovery plan was for Vincent to throw a 25-pitch bullpen on Monday and then head out on a rehab assignment. But midway through that session, Vincent’s strained right groin didn’t feel right and he ended it.
“He could still feel it pushing off the rubber,” manager Scott Servais said. “He’s still playing catch and he’s fine on the flat ground. But it’s a little bit different when he gets up on the mound. We are going to slow him down a little bit before he goes out for the rehab assignment.”
Slowing Vincent down means more treatment while continuing to play catch. He’ll wait a few days and then try a bullpen session again.
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“He has to build up to where he feels totally comfortable throwing a 20-25 pitch bullpen,” Servais said. “I think he threw 13 or 14 pitches and didn’t feel right. He did the right thing. He shut it down and didn’t try to push through it. I would hope he’ll give it another shot this weekend or early next week.”
*** Right-hander Juan Nicasio (right knee swelling) played catch pregame with relievers. But he has yet to get back on the mound since going on the disabled list on Saturday.
“He’s keeping his arm active and feels much better,” Servais said. “The swelling has subsided and is out of his knee. I talked with him yesterday. I don’t know when he’s going to get on a mound and throw. The knee does feel better but I have a definite time when he’ll get on the mound.”
*** Right-hander Dan Altavilla (Grade 1 flexor mass strain) said he didn’t need a Platelet Rich Plasma injection in his forearm. He’s doing a traditional rehabilitation. Altavilla felt the discomfort after trying to warm-up quickly in Houston for an appearance.
“He won’t be throwing any time soon,” Servais said. “We are totally going to let that calm down. He won’t have a baseball in his hand for a while.”
*** Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (Strained right Teres Major) is in the early stages of a throwing program, but he’s not close to returning.
“He needs to get to built up,” Servais said. “And that’s a long process right there.”