Rodriguez could return to Astros' rotation against Brewers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Houston Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez pitched another simulated game Saturday and is now scheduled to make two rehabilitation starts in the minor leagues.

Rodriguez, out since April 20 with a strained left groin, threw 80 pitches Saturday. That was 20 more than he did in a similar session Monday.

"He looked pretty good today," manager Cecil Cooper said. "There weren't many balls hit hard, so that's a good sign."

Rodriguez is expected to throw a light bullpen session Monday, then will be set to make the first of two scheduled starts for Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday.

If there are no setbacks, Rodriguez could return to the Astros rotation when they play a three-game series in Milwaukee May 30-June 1. Rodriguez was 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his first four starts before getting hurt.