After getting some insightful feedback from teammate Jason Michaels during a simulated game a few days earlier, Geoff Geary and the Astros agreed to scrap plans for the right-hander to throw two games in a Minor League rehab assignment.

Geary, on the disabled list since May 14 with biceps tendinitis, will instead throw simulated games Sunday and Tuesday.

“We felt it was better for me to get a read from Major League hitters,” Geary said. “As you throw your innings, your professional team is the one that’s going to give you a good read.”

When he a threw his previous simulated game, Geary said Michaels told him he wasn’t throwing as well during his second at-bat against him.

“That right there tells me I would rather listen to hitters up here than go down and face hitters who are greedy and want to absolutely crush you,” said Geary, who said he feels healthy enough to pitch now.

Geary said the possibility of his rehab being extended for longer than a few days, such as Brandon Backe’s rehab assignment, never entered his mind.

Alberto Arias was still listed as day-to-day Saturday after being hit in the head with a ball thrown by teammate Wandy Rodriguez a day earlier. Arias said he still felt dizzy and said a few of his teammates called him in the hospital to give him a hard time about the incident.


Second baseman Kaz Matsui continues to work his way back from the disabled list. Matsui has been disabled since May 26 with a strained left hamstring and on Saturday took ground balls at second base, and later fielded some while on his knees.

“He looks like he’s moving freely and looks like things are coming along,” said manager Cecil Cooper, who watched Matsui closely. “We won’t rush him, that’s for sure. We’ve got some options so we don’t need to rush him. He’s got to be 100 percent coming back.”

Rookie Edwin Maysonet has filled in nicely for Matsui at second base. He started his 11th consecutive game Saturday and had hit safely in eight of those games, including a first-inning single Saturday.

“Maysonet has done an outstanding job,” Cooper said. “I think way more than we anticipated. We wanted him to come and spell guys at different positions, but he’s come in here and taken over second base and done a great job.”




Jason Michaels could use a few lessons from a hitting coach, since he can’t hit for spit.

Has Jason Michaels ever even made contact with the ball? He pounds the ball in BP, but I haven’t ever seen him make contact in a game. It’s one thing to be in a slump, but its another to be consistently bad at the plate.

Geez, you guys are pretty harsh. Michaels signed with us to be a key role player, and his track record shows he could be a very valuable asset off the bench, especially driving in runs and providing a little power. It’s tough enough to hit Major League pitching when you’re getting 4 or 5 at-bats a game, but when you’re getting 4 or 5 ABs a month, how do you expect the guy to start seeing the ball well and getting in any sort of groove at the plate? The same goes for Erstad and Smith when he was with the club. Maysonet got called up (after getting to play every day at the AAA level), got off to a hot start, and continued to get ABs. Without the luxury of a hot start, our bench players aren’t getting any ABs to get going. But should we really expect Coop’s managerial decisions to make sense at this point anyway?

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