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.

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why paronto and not polin trinidad?!!! paronto will never have a future with this team and trinidad could possibly be the future of this rotation…im at a loss

What about Geoff Geary?????

What about Chris Sampson?????????????????????????????

b2too, you took the words right out of my mouth! Geary was absolutely horrendous this season, Sampson WAS the bullpen for over half the season.

Would definitely prefer to see one of the above mentioned names, but Paronto has put up fantastic numbers in relief at AAA; there’s always a chance he could be a worthwhile addition to the bullpen next year. Will reserve final judgment.

Anyone want to explain what right shoulder scapular dyskinesis is? lol! I left my medical journal in my other desk! I would have liked to seen Sampson brought back. Is he now finished with the Astros? If so, he caught a bad break. He struggled, but only after being worked to death and not having enough time to heal. Poor guy…good luck Sampson.

I have Drayton McLane’s add: to write him a HOT letter, to
tell him how I think his manager ruined this team. Sampson
was THE guy out of the pen this year, and Cooper abused
him and Geary, Wright, Arias, Hawkins, to the point some
of these guys may never pitch again. Now Cooper is doing the same thing to Fulchino and Sammy G. I will NOT mince
words in my letter. Tal Smith, Ed Wade and Drayton are ALL
to blame for this mess. ALL of them allowed Cooper to do
this. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Here’s the deal:

Geoff Geary — He’s not on the 40-man roster. They took him off the 40-man roster around mid-season. They wanted him to go to Round Rock and rehab and he wanted to rehab in Houston. They outrighted him and sent him to Round Rock, so the Astros go their way.

Chris Sampson — Sampson was great in the first half, but was really overworked. He was on the DL in July and wasn’t the same when he came back. Truth is, he wasn’t healthy. Sampson wanted to pitch and took the ball like a real gamer every time, but the Astros say they weren’t aware he was hurting. I don’t think that sat well with the team. There are hard feelings on both sides.

Polin Trinidad — He’s a starter and has pitched a ton of innings, so you really don’t need him to come up here to make three starts. The reason they brought up Paronto was just to get an extra arm so no one gets abused. The remaining five starters are: Rodriguez, Moehler, Norris, Paulino and Bazardo.

Tag, that’s a load of c**p about Sampson. Ray Charles could tell that he was still hurt. The front office is lying when they say they didn’t know. Don’t blame Sampson. I wouldn’t give two nickles for a guy that DIDN’T try to come back too soon from an injury.

Ok Brian…..just WHO do you blame for Sampson being
“over worked”??? Who do you blame for all the injuries to
the pitching staff?? Who do you blame for over working
Arias? Wright? Hawkins? Now, you tell me they ALL got
over worked by someone other than Cooper? We are NOT
blind, we see who Cooper goes to game, after game, after
game. I see the same pattern with Fulchino and now with
Sammy G. When Roy told the club he had back problems….
all we heard from Cooper was “we will send Roy out and
hope we can get 6 innings out of him”. EVERY time Roy told
Ed Wade and Cooper he was STILL hurting!!!!! Good LORD!
Ed Wade FINALLY shut him down! Cooper has done more to hurt this team than any manager I can remember.

Maybe this will open some eyes. If Mr. Cooper is still in any kind of role in this organization next when it comes time to renew my season tickets. . . I will NOT, and I implore all those reading this to do the same. This is crazy, Mr. Cooper has not shown in the least that he successfully manage my sons 10 and under coaches pitch team let alone a Major League Baseball team. Come on. . . .

Maybe this will open some eyes. If Mr. Cooper is still in any kind of role in this organization next when it comes time to renew my season tickets. . . I will NOT, and I implore all those reading this to do the same. This is crazy, Mr. Cooper has not shown in the least that he successfully manage my sons 10 and under coaches pitch team let alone a Major League Baseball team. Come on. . . .

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