His analogy, not mine.
Backe threw a bullpen session Monday, and will throw a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. Provided everything checks out, Backe will go on a minor-league assignment(s).
"That will be one more test before I go out in a real game situation in the Minor Leagues," he said, referring to the simulated game. "If I can get out from under the wing of the Astros babyness -- I'm not saying that in a bad way, but it's time for me to go off and leave my mother, so to speak."
Doug Brocail will head to The Rock on Friday for a rehab assignment, and is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.
Brian Moehler was fitted for a knee brace and will throw off the mound for the first time since landing on the DL today.