Johnson makes team, Astros get roster to 25 players

With first baseman Lance Berkman and pitchers Alberto Arias and Yorman Bazardo going on the disabled list Wednesday, the Astros saw their roster trimmed to 26 players. Manager Brad Mills then informed rookie third baseman Chris Johnson he had made the Opening Day roster for the first time, putting them at 25 players ahead of Sunday’s deadline to set the 25-man roster.

Outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who battled hamstring injuries for much of the spring, was reassigned to Minor League camp, but he will travel with the team to Houston this weekend.

Geoff Blum will start at first base on Opening Day, and Johnson’s role remains unclear. Things could change between now and Sunday (waiver claims, injuries, etc.), but here are the 25 players the Astros have remaining in camp:

CATCHERS (2) — J.R. Towles, Humberto Quintero.

INFIELDERS (6) — Geoff Blum, Kaz Matsui, Tommy Manzella, Pedro Feliz, Jeff Keppinger, Chris Johnson.

OUTFIELDERS (5) — Carlos Lee, Michael Bourn, Hunter Pence, Jason Michaels, Cory Sullivan.

PITCHING STAFF (12) — Roy Oswalt, Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers, Bud Norris, Felipe Paulino, Brian Moehler, Jeff Fulchino, Sammy Gervacio, Chris Sampson, Tim Byrdak, Matt Lindstrom, Brandon Lyon. 

DISABLED LIST (3) — Lance Berkman, Alberto Arias, Yorman Bazardo.



With Arias and Bazardo on the DL, when they come off will they be on the major league roster or will they head to Round Rock?

Well, this answers my question from yesterday. So what does this say about Johnson and his future with this organization? I mean instead of playing everyday at RR, he?ll be a bench player in Houston. This won?t help him improve his defense. Are they hoping to turn him into a 1st baseman maybe?

No, this is just a short-term deal. The Astros are hopeful Berkman will be back by the fifth game, at which time Johnson would likely be sent to RR to start. Perhaps he gets some starts at 3B and Feliz at 1B in the meantime.

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