Paulino to DL; Banks up from Round Rock

Astros right-hander Felipe Paulino was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with shoulder tendinitis, general manager Ed Wade said. The Astros purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Banks from Triple-A Round Rock and will start him Saturday against Texas in Arlington.

The move is back-dated to June 21, and he’s eligible to return July 6.

Paulino is 1-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 starts this year for the Astros and has had some of the worst run support in the league. He last pitched Sunday against the Rangers, giving up 10 hits, three runs (two earned) and struck out six batters in six innings.

Banks, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training who has spent the entire season at Round Rock, is 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 15 starts. In 97 innings, he’s allowed 92 hits, 40 runs (32 earned), 24 walks and struck out 34 batters.

Banks, 27, is 4-7 with a 5.38 ERA in 26 career Major League games with the Blue Jays and Padres, including 18 starts. He appeared in six games for the Padres in 2009, going 1-1 with a 7.15 ERA. The Astros signed him to a Minor League contract on Jan. 8.


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