Boone on way back, Towles injured and former first-round pick released
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Aaron Boone, who underwent open heart surgery March 27, will rejoin the team Thursday in Houston and begin working in preparation for returning to the field this season. Astros general manager Ed Wade said Boone is in good shape and will help the team at some point this year.
“I think there’s a real significant chance he’s going to be ready to play,” Wade said. “He’s very optimistic and feels good where he is now. He has to start baseball activities and see where it all leads, but from the standpoint of his overall health he feels great.”
Boone and his wife, Laura, welcomed their second child on Wednesday in Arizona, a daughter named Bella James.
Catcher J.R. Towles broke his nose in a tractor accident during the All-Star break, but he isn’t expected to miss any significant time. Yes, I said tractor. Towles is hitting .303 with three homers and 17 RBIs through 41 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
Here are some other batting averages at Round Rock. Perhaps you’ll notice a trend:
Brian Bogusevic: .272
Tommy Manzella: .272
Mark Saccomanno: .270
Reggie Abercrombie: .262
Chris Johnson: .271
Yordany Ramirez: .268
Matt Kata: .270
Outfielder Eli Iorg, selected by the Astros in the first round (compensation pick at No. 38 overall) in the 2005 draft was released Friday. Iorg, who helped the University of Tennessee reach the College World Series in 2005, hit .209 in 20 games with Triple-A Round Rock this year. He was at short-season Tri-City on a rehab assignment when he was released.
Iorg was a career .274 hitter in 331 career Minor League games entering this season. Iorg was part of the forgettable 2005 draft class for the Astros that included pitcher Brian Bogusevic (no. 24 overall) and catcher Ralph Henriquez (No. 72 overall). Bogusevic switched to outfield from pitcher a year ago.