Sunday morning Astros update coming down

The Astros are set to the play the Florida Marlins at 12:05 p.m. today at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., where rain is moving in. There is definitely enough time to get the game started, but finishing it might be a different story.

Felipe Paulino is starting and scheduled to work about six innings, and Casey Daigle and Gary Majewski will also pitch. All three of these guys are competing for spots on the club on Opening Day and this could be the final chance for them to make an impression, considering manager Brad Mills said many decisions could be made in the next two days.

Here are some other tidbits that were gathered this morning:

  • 1B Lance Berkman took swings in the batting cage Sunday morning, and Mills said he responded well. No decision has been made about whether Berkman, who had knee surgery two weeks ago, will start the season the disabled list. “That’s always exciting when he starts feeling better, and he was happy about that,” Mills said. “We’re going to see how he feels tomorrow. The first time he was back doing all that time in the cage his knee didn’t respond quite so well, so we had to take a day off. The big question tomorrow is going to see how he is. Hopefully, in a day or two we’ll be able to answer that question with a little more certainty.”
  • SS Tommy Manzella, who been out for a week with a strained quadriceps, could play in a Minor League game Monday. Mills said Manzella is responding well going through his drills and expects to be able to write his name in the lineup card soon. “Tommy’s a guy that’s going to give 100 percent when he’s only 80 percent, which sometimes isn’t the best,” Mills said. “We need his body to be 100 percent because he’s going to go full-bore, which is not a bad thing.”
  • Mills said LHP Wandy Rodriguez will pitch Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves and not in a Minor League game. Rodriguez, whose wife is scheduled to give birth to the couple’s second child on Thursday, told reporters Saturday he was going to pitch in a Minor League game on Wednesday, but Mills said he will appear in a Grapefruit League game instead.
  • RHPs Roy Oswalt and Brett Myers, both of whom left their previous starts with injuries, are scheduled to pitch again this spring, Mills said. Myers had a minor groin strain, and Oswalt had a left hamstring strain and will be examined Monday in Houston.  “They want to pitch and they’re scheduled to pitch,” Mills said. “Both of them feel very confident they’re going to b able to throw.”
  • RHP Yorman Bazardo, who hasn’t pitched in more than two weeks because of a shoulder strain, had an MRI on Sunday that revealed no structural damage. Bazardo will continue on his throwing program.


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