Astros righthanded reliever Jesse Crain said Saturday it’s unlikely he will be ready for the start of the season.

Crain, a former pitcher at the University of Houston, will throw Monday for the first time since undergoing right biceps surgery in October.

“That would be a huge bonus if I was ready (for the start of the season),” Crain said at the UH Alumni Game at Cougar Field. “I’m not planning on that. I would be surprised if I was ready by then.”

Crain said the plan is to begin playing catch Monday and discuss a plan with the Astros medical staff to slowly build his arm strength and eventually start throwing off a mound in the next few weeks.

“We’ll go on how I feel,” he said.

A best-case scenario, Crain said, would be to pitch in a couple of spring training games and only miss a couple weeks of the season.