Hawkins on waivers, Hampton throws and other Astros news
Astros relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, who was reportedly claimed off waivers recently before being pulled back by the Astros, said he was unaware he had been put on waivers. The majority of players are put on waivers this time of year and those pulled back can’t be traded until the season is over.
Upon being told he had reportedly been pulled back off waivers, Hawkins, who will be a free agent at season’s end, started text messaging Wesley Wright, currently pitching to Triple-A Round Rock, to jokingly tell him he was stuck with Hawkins for the rest of the season.
Astros general manager Ed Wade doesn’t comment on specific players and the waiver process, but it’s safe to assume that nearly every Astros player has been on waivers at some point this year.
Left-hander Mike Hampton, who’s been on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with a left shoulder strain, threw a baseball Thursday for the first time in 12 days and said he felt somewhat better. Hampton has said that if his shoulder isn’t drastically improved by the end of the road trip next week, he’ll have season-ending surgery.
“I didn’t expect to feel great, but I’ll probably try it again in Arizona [this weekend] and see how I feel,” he said. “I threw probably 50 throws, just trying to get it going. Some felt good and some didn’t. We’ll give it a couple of more days and see how we’ll feel and go from there.”
The Astros met Thursday morning and voted to approved Michael Weiner to replace Donald Fehr as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Weiner was appointed last month, pending a vote of the entire MLBPA membership.
Fehr announced his intention to retire on June 22 and recommended Weiner get the job. A clerk to a federal judge who became the top lawyer to union head Marvin Miller in August 1977, Fehr took over as acting executive director in December 1983 and got the job permanently two years later.
T.J. Burton, right-handed pitcher at Double A Corpus Christi, collapsed Wednesday in the clubhouse in Corpus Christi. He was taken to the hospital and admitted into the ICU with a possible viral infection. He is still undergoing tests and remains in the ICU.