LOS ANGELES -- Continuing to progress from a chip fracture in his left middle finger, Astros outfielder Jordan Schafer took batting practice on the field before Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
On the 15-day disabled list since July 27, Schafer said he's felt pretty good swinging the bat, but is still experiencing some swelling.
"As long as I can swing, I want to try and play," Schafer said. "I'm just anxious to get out there and start playing. It is no fun sitting around and watching everyone else play. It is not what I would prefer to do."
However, the 24-year-old is resigned to the fact that he'll have issues with the injury for the rest of the year.
Manager Brad Mills has been told by team doctors that the finger might not be 100 percent until Spring Training.
"When he can't hurt the finger anymore, then I'm comfortable with that," Mills said. "But until we get the doctors to sign off on that, we're in the situation we are at right now."
The plan is for Schafer to take batting practice again on Monday and Wednesday and begin a rehab assignment later on Wednesday if there are no setbacks.
Schafer has yet to take the field for Houston since being acquired in the trade which sent Michael Bourn to the Braves.
"I don't want to come over here and not play for two months, so hopefully I can get out there soon," Schafer said.
Bogusevic, Shuck get start against righty
LOS ANGELES -- Astros manager Brad Mills, wanting to get in extra left-handed bats against Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, inserted Brian Bogusevic and J.B. Shuck into Sunday's lineup.
With Shuck penciled in at center field and in the leadoff spot, Jason Bourgeois got the day off. Bogusevic started in right field and hit fifth.
"It is a good chance to get Shuck and Bogusevic in there and give them some time," Mills said.
In eight starts this season (four in right field), along with 25 at-bats as a pinch-hitter, Bogusevic is batting .286 with one home run and four RBIs.
It will be Bogusevic's first start against the Dodgers in the series, after pinch-hitting in Friday's contest and coming in as a defensive replacement in right field on Saturday.
"We have seen a guy, who once he gets some at-bats, he really has done a pretty good job," Mills said of Bogusevic. "He has some pop in the bat for sure."
Shuck got the start in center field Friday night, going 0-for-2 with two walks. In seven games since being called up on Aug. 5, Shuck is batting .222 with a .364 on-base percentage.
Catcher Humberto Quintero was a late scratch from Sunday's finale against the Dodgers with back stiffness. Carlos Corporan replaced him behind the plate.
The last time the Astros lost more than five consecutive games was an eight-game losing streak from April 27-May 4, 2010.
J.D. Martinez is tied with the Phillies' Ryan Howard and Atlanta's Dan Uggla for the National League lead with 13 RBIs in August entering Sunday's game.
Houston's pinch-hitters rank third in the NL in batting average (.263), second in on-base percentage (.337) and fifth in slugging (.351).
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.