Astros go for 2 in a row against Padres
The Astros will try to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they send J.A. Happ to the mound in the second game of a four-game series against the Padres tonight at Minute Maid Park.
Earlier on Friday, the Astros placed right-handed pitcher Wilton Lopez on the 15-day disabled list — backdated to April 14 — due to irritation of the ulnar nerve in his right elbow.
To replace Lopez, the Astros have purchased the contract of 28-year-old right-handed pitcher Jose Valdez from Triple -A Oklahoma City. Valdez, who is scheduled to arrive at Minute Maid Park today, is 1-0 in three relief appearances for the RedHawks with a 2.45 ERA and two saves.
Valdez earned his second save of the season last night, hurling a scoreless inning in the RedHawks 6-5 win at Nashville (14 pitches, nine strikes). This will be the first Major League stint for Valdez, who will wear No. 60.
Here is today’s lineup:
CF Michael Bourn
SS Angel Sanchez
RF Hunter Pence
LF Carlos Lee
1B Brett Wallace
2B Bill Hall
3B Chris Johnson
C Humberto Quintero
P J.A. Happ