Astros tidbits

Here are some various Astros tidbits from Tuesday:

— As you certainly know by now, Wesley Wright is going to winter ball to be a starter. Wright will head to the instructional league in Kissimmee, Fla., following the regular season and try to get stretched out by throwing five innings before reporting for the start of the Dominican winter league on Oct. 23.

— The Astros haven’t begun contacting candidates for possible interviews to be the next manager, but about 60-70 people have contacted the Astros through emails and phone calls in the days since Cecil Cooper was let go. The Astros are still in the process of sifting through names.

Pedro Martinez will start for the Phillies on Wednesday against the Astros instead of Thursday. Cliff Lee, who was originally scheduled to start Wednesday, will instead start Thursday. Philadelphia changed up the rotation so it can start lining up its pitching for the playoffs.

— Astros interim manager Dave Clark said he considered hitting Miguel Tejada in the lead-off spot Tuesday with Michael Bourn out of the starting lineup. “I thought about leading him off and seeing what happens,” Clark said. “It may happen in the Mets series. You just never know.”




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