Barmes returns to Astros lineup

Clint Barmes makes his Astros debut tonight when the Astros open a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m. CT at Minute Maid Park. Barmes, acquired in a trade from the Colorado Rockies in November, broke his hand when he was hit by a pitch in a March 25 game Spring Training game against the Yankees — five weeks ago tonight.

In case you missed it, the Astros activated Barmes following Thursday’s loss to the Cardinals and designated infielder Joe Inglett for assignment.

Barmes, as expected, is starting at shortstop and hitting second, which means Angel Sanchez isn’t starting. Sanchez started the first 25 games of the season at shortstop and has batted .300 with with 15 RBIs, which is tied for second on the team. Sanchez’s 30 hits are third on the team behind Brett Wallace and Hunter Pence, both of whom have 31 hits.

What Barmes brings to the club offensively remains to be seen, but his presence should be a huge boost for the defense. Barmes is a career .254 hitter with with 61 homers and 285 RBIs and is two years removed from hitting 23 homers and driving in 76 runs with the Rockies.

The Astros, who are trying to snap a two-game losing streak, will send ace Brett Myers (1-0, 3.31 ERA) to the mound for his sixth start of the year. Myers is 9-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 16 career starts at Minute Maid Park with the Astros. The game is a rematch of Saturday’s game in Milwaukee, with Shaun Marcum starting for the Brewers.

Here is the Astros lineup:

CF Michael Bourn

SS Clint Barmes

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos Lee

1B Brett Wallace

2B Bill Hall

3B Chris Johnson

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Brett Myers

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