Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Days

Presley is competing with Robbie Grossman and Jake Marisnick this spring for the Astros' fourth outfielder job, but is hitting just .227 (5-for-22) in 10 appearances thus far.

Both Grossman (.458 spring average) and Marisnick (.333) are out-performing Presley this spring, but the latter might be the favorite to make the Opening Day roster since he's out of minor league options (Grossman has some remaining) and is signed for $1 million this season. Given the circumstances, the Astros could choose to trade Presley before Opening Day, but no matter where he's playing to open 2015, he'll be a valuable bench option with the ability to play all three outfield positions.

Alex Presley OF HOU 4 Months

Presley signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Astros on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Presley missed close to two months with an oblique injury last season and finished with just a .244/.281/.346 batting line in 89 games (271 PA), but he has some pop (6 homers) and can play all three outfield positions, giving him value as a bench option. That said, Jake Marisnick or Robbie Grossman will likely open the year as the Astros' top reserve outfielder.

Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Months

Presley (oblique) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Wednesday in his third start since returning from the DL.

GM Jeff Luhnow said initially upon Presley's reinstatement from the DL that he wasn't quite ready to play, but the 29-year-old outfielder ended up making a pinch-hit appearance just a day later. Presley returned to the lineup for the first time in two months last Sunday, going hitless in his first two starts back, but smacked a pair of singles in Wednesday's victory over Seattle. He will likely only be a part-time player over the final weeks, spelling Robbie Grossman and Jake Marisnick in the corners here and there.

Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Months

Although Presley was activated from the 15-day DL on Tuesday, GM Jeff Luhnow said the outfielder is not yet ready to play, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Presley was able to get in just one rehab game before the minor league season ended, and he will effectively continue his rehabilitation with the big club now that he's active. The Astros had a spot available following roster expansion and can afford to let Presley work himself back with plenty of available options on the bench.

Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Months

Presley (oblique) was activated from the 15-day DL on Tuesday.

Presley suffered a setback with his oblique injury in mid-August, necessitating a nearly two-week shutdown period, but the 29-year-old has been cleared to return following a brief minor league rehab assignment. While he was seeing fairly regular time when he hit the shelf, Presley may find starts hard to come by upon his return, with Jake Marisnick now in town and Dexter Fowler healthy.

Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Months

Presley (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment Monday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Astros still haven't determined what affiliate Presley will join, but regardless, he looks to be closing in on full health. Presley will probably need a few games in the minors before the Astros activate him, likely at some point next week.

Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Months

Presley (oblique) is on track to be activated in September, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

George Springer is also on track to be activated in September, meaning the Astros will have a pretty crowded outfield once Presley is ready to take the field again, which limits his fantasy value to deeper leagues.

Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Months

Presley experienced a setback with his oblique Saturday at short-season Tri-City and will subsequently be shut down 7-to-10 days, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

In two outings at the affiliate entering Saturday's game, Presley tallied a triple and a run scored in five at-bats. He'll now be hard-pressed to return before August concludes, but when he receives a clean bill of health, he should factor into the outfield mix in Houston.

Alex Presley OF HOU 7 Months

Presley (oblique) was scratched from his first rehab game at short-season Tri-City on Thursday after experiencing discomfort during warmups, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

The Astros will have Presley take the next few days off before reassessing his condition. The setback probably pushes his potential return from the DL back another week.

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Presley (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at short-season Tri-City on Tuesday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Presley has been out just over a month with the oblique injury, so it's possible he may require more than one or two games in the minors before he's activated. Since Presley is now 28 years old and owns a track record that suggests he's no better than a fourth or fifth outfielder, the rebuilding Astros may have little incentive to give him at-bats over the season's final month a half as they turn their eye toward 2015.