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Williams remains day to day with groin strain

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TORONTO -- Right-hander Jerome Williams remains day to day with a right groin strain, which he sustained during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Williams, who injured the groin during a sixth-inning at-bat against Edwin Encarnacion, came to the park Thursday feeling better than he did Wednesday night, but a trip to the disabled list remains a possibility if he's unable to make more progress over the coming days.

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TORONTO -- Right-hander Jerome Williams remains day to day with a right groin strain, which he sustained during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays, Astros manager Bo Porter said.

Williams, who injured the groin during a sixth-inning at-bat against Edwin Encarnacion, came to the park Thursday feeling better than he did Wednesday night, but a trip to the disabled list remains a possibility if he's unable to make more progress over the coming days.

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"He's much better than the trainers anticipated," Porter said. "He actually has a little bit more strength than they thought. We'll go day-to-day and see how he feels [Friday] and make an assessment as we move forward on whether or not he's going to be able to rebound quickly or if he's going to need more time."

The injury is not serious, but the area in which Williams hurt himself is why the Astros are not looking to rush him back.

"Anytime you talk about a groin, it's tricky," Porter said.

Williams, who signed with the Astros during the offseason after three years with the Angels, has a 9.00 ERA with one hold in three appearances.

Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com.

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