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The Astros will today place right-hander Chris Sampson on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis and will purchase the contract of right-hander Casey Daigle from Triple-A Round Rock. Minor League right-hander Evan Englebrook will be designated for assignment ot make room on the 40-man roster for Daigle.
Sampson is 0-0 with a 6.30 ERA in 22 appearances (20 innings) for the Astros this year. He was one of the Astros’ most dependable relievers, posting a 1.50 ERA in his first 19 games this year. But he’s allowed 12 hits and 11 earned runs in two innings in his previous three outings, boosting his ERA to 6.30.
Daigle, 29, was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA and seven saves in 20 games for the Express. In 24 1/3 innings, he allowed 23 hits, eight earned runs and struck out 23 batters.
Daigle, the 31st overall pick in the 1999 draft by Arizona, is 2-3 with a 6.46 ERA in 20 career games in the Major Leagues (10 starts), all with Arizona. He hasn’t pitched in the Majors since appearing in 10 games in relief in 2006. He started 10 games as a rookie in 2004.
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.
Day 2 of the Astros’ three-day marathon road trip took them to Port St. Lucie to meet the New York Mets. For the second day in a row, the Astros had a handful of Minor League players suit up, though Cory Sullivan, Jeff Keppinger, Hunter Pence, Carlos Lee and Geoff Blum were among the “regulars” who were in the lineup.
Facing left-hander Johan Santana for the second time this spring, Houston lost 5-2 to drop its Grapefruit League record to 11-9. There was plenty of good and plenty of bad in this one, so without further adieu, here’s the breakdown:
The good: Let’s start with pitching. Right-hander Casey Daigle, whom I really not have given much shot at all of making the team, threw four terrific innings in a spot start. He gave up three hits and one run and struck out four against no walks. After the game, manager Brad Mills said Daigle is in the mix for a bullpen spot, and his 0.87 ERA this spring would justify that.
Matt Lindstrom, who has been flat-out unhittable since changing the grip on his slider following his first outing, threw a 1-2-3 fifth inning, and Wesley Wright also had a scoreless inning in relief and struck out two batters.
The Astros reached double-digit hits once again with Jeff Keppinger, playing shortstop, going 2-for-4 and third baseman Chris Johnson going 2-for-4 with his team-high fourth homer of the spring, a blast off Santana that cleared the left-center-field wall in the fourth.
The bad: The Astros booted the ball around a little bit and made three errors, two of which were made by players from Minor League camp: second baseman Matt Kata threw a ball away trying to turn a double play, and first baseman Mark Ori dropped a pop-up in foul territory. Johnson was also charged with an error at third base, but the ball took a bad hop.
“It always worries me,” Mills said of the errors. “If they have Astros on the front [of the uniform], you never like to see it. The one that I’m concerned with is the double play. I wish Matt would have just held the ball. You don’t have to try to turn that.”
Left-hander Tim Byrdak and right-hander Jeff Fulchino each gave up two runs in one inning, but both of Fulchino’s were unearned. Byrdak gave up a two-run homer to Daniel Murphy in the sixth inning. Geoff Blum grounded into two double plays, and the Mets stole two bases on catcher Jason Castro.
What they said: “He’s really made some adjustments, and how great is it to have a guy like that who’s going to make some adjustments so quickly? He’s thrown the ball really well. When a guy’s throwing the ball like that and able to do that, it’s nice to see him in whatever role.” – Mills on right-hander Matt Lindstrom, who threw a scoreless inning Wednesday to keep his ERA at 0.00 in six spring games.
What’s next: Another long road trip will take the Astros to Clearwater, Fla., to face the Philadelphia Phillies. Astros right-hander Brett Myers will make his first appearance against his former team when he starts against the Phillies’ Kyle Kendrick.
Astro-notes: Mills gave a quick injury update following Wednesday’s game, saying shortstop Tommy Manzella (strained quadriceps), first baseman Lance Berkman (knee surgery) and center fielder Michael Bourn (strained oblique) were progressing. Mills said there was a chance Bourn could return to the lineup by Friday. … Mills said he plans to have most of his roster set by the time the Astros pack up to leave Florida in eight days: “I think everything will be pretty much set. Thee might be one question maybe. I don’t want to talk about that right now, but there might be one question. But we’ll see what it is. We’d like to have as much set as we could for those guys out there, so they can start getting ready for the season as well.”