More pitching help on way for Astros
With Roy Oswalt out for the rest of the season, the Astros acquired some pitching help Wednesday when they purchased the contract of right-hander Chad Paronto from Triple-A Round Rock and placed right-hander Billy Sadler on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder scapular dyskinesis.
Paronto, 34, appeared in two games for Houston in July and allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Paronto went 2-1 with a 1.39 ERA in 44 relief outings for Round Rock in 2009. In 173 career Major League games with Baltimore (2001), Cleveland (2002-03), Atlanta (2006-07) and Houston (2008-09), Paronto is 6-12 with a 4.27 ERA.
Sadler, 27, appeared in one game for Houston on Sept. 10 vs. ATL, allowing two runs in 1.1 innings. The right-hander went 5-3 with a 5.12 ERA in 16 combined starts for Triple-A Round Rock and Triple-A Fresno this season. He was signed by Houston to a minor league contract on Aug. 6, after being given his unconditional release by San Francisco on Aug. 5.