KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -Astros pitcher Brandon Backe suffered a bone bruise on his right foot when he was hit by a hard grounder during batting practice Saturday.
X-rays were negative. Manager Cecil Cooper said the injury wasn't serious, but he was still going to hold Backe out of Sunday's workout.
``We're going to get him some extra rest to make sure he's OK,'' Cooper said. ``At this point, nothing to be alarmed about. I'd just rather be cautious than take a chance.''
Backe is expected to fill a spot in Houston's starting rotation. The 28-year-old went 3-1 in five starts late last season after coming off Tommy John surgery on his right throwing elbow.
Backe was pitching from behind a screen when he was struck.
``I don't like to pitch with a screen there anyways,'' he said. ``I moved it out of the way, just enough that I had protection, but not full protection.''
He kept pitching after he was hit and said his foot didn't start hurting until Saturday night.
``Just walking around the house, it started to get more painful,'' he said. ``By 4 or 5 o'clock, I couldn't take the pain anymore. I figured it was pretty bad by that point.''
He was slated to start Thursday's preseason opener against Cleveland in Winter Haven, but doubted he would be ready in time.

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