Lance Berkman can come off the disabled list on Monday, but that doesn't appear realistic at this point. Berkman, on the DL with left hip inflammation, planned to take swings for the first time in the cage this afternoon and hoped to begin running in the next couple of days.
"We'll see how that goes," Berkman said. "I wanted to give everything a chance to calm down."
Manager Ron Washington said Berkman would need to go on a medical rehabilitation assignment after staying away from baseball activities for more than 10 days.
Berkman is batting .254 with six home runs and 34 RBIs over 68 games. But he struggled in June with a .194 average and batted .083 in four games in July before landing on the DL.
Alexi Ogando, meanwhile, threw seven innings at Triple A Round Rock on Thursday and appears to be ready to return to the rotation on Tuesday. However, Washington said that Ogando has to come through a bullpen session on Sunday with no pain before being cleared to return.
Ogando, who has made two stints on the DL so far this season, is 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA over 10 starts.
-- Drew Davison