HOUSTON -- Astros relief pitcher Mickey Storey was no worse for the wear Thursday, one day after he was struck on the right side of his face by a line drive in the eighth inning. A ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt struck Storey in the hand, shoulder and face.
He was helped off the field, but he suffered only a few bruises and should be ready to get back to game action in a few days.
"It could have been a lot worse," he said.
Storey, a rookie, said he got dozens of text messages from friends and family worried about his well-being.
"Everybody said they saw it on TV and were making sure I was all right and were sending their prayers," he said. "I wanted to let everybody know I was OK and it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked."
Storey said it was the first time he had ever been hit in the face and didn't think it would be an issue whenever he gets back on the mound.
"I don't feel like it will be a problem at all," he said. "That's something that goes along with it. I have pitched for a long time and I don't think I ever had a comebacker hit me above the foot. It's one of those things that happens every now and again."
Astros skipping Norris with blister issue
HOUSTON -- The Astros are going to skip Bud Norris in the rotation to give him a few extra days to heal the blister on the middle finger of his right hand. Norris was scheduled to pitch Friday against the Phillies but will instead go Thursday in St. Louis against the Cardinals.
Edgar Gonzalez, originally scheduled to start Saturday, will start Friday, and the rest of the rotation will be bumped up a day with Dallas Keuchel going Saturday and Jordan Lyles on Sunday.
"We're going to make sure the finger's healed and there's no more problems the rest of the year," Astros interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said. "He'll have a couple of more starts left."
The Astros are using a six-man rotation, so skipping Norris one start won't put the pitching staff under any strain.
"We have plenty of pitching here," DeFrancesco said. "It kind of worked out nice with the day off [Monday] and everybody is still going to get rest. It's the end of the year and we're making sure nobody gets overworked or exceeds their limit of innings."
Norris will have to wait to try to snap his personal 11-game losing streak as he searches for his first win since May 21. He's 0-11 with a 6.04 ERA in his past 17 starts.
The Astros said Thursday that Hall of Fame announcer Milo Hamilton, who didn't work the first three games of the homestand because he was under the weather, won't return to the booth until the final homestand of the season.
Hamilton, who's retiring at the end of the year, had been scheduled to travel to St. Louis -- where his career started -- next week, but he'll remain at home.