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Springer placed on DL with right quad strain

The Astros placed outfielder George Springer on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a right quad strain. Marc Krauss has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Springer’s spot on the roster.

Springer didn’t play on Sunday in Chicago or in Tuesday’s series opener against the A’s because of what he described as “overall discomfort” in his right knee/quadriceps area. Astros manager Bo Porter said prior to Tuesday’s game Springer wasn’t to the point where he needed to go on the disabled list, but things obviously changed.

The Astros were already short-handed in the outfield with Dexter Fowler and Alex Presley both on the DL, but Krauss can play right field and left field as well as first base. Springer is hitting .231 with 20 homers and 51 RBIs through 78 games in his rookie season, putting him one homer shy of Lance Berkman’s club rookie record. He’s also struck out 114 times in 295 at-bats.

Krauss hit .173 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 39 games with the Astros earlier this year.

 

 

 

Maxwell to DL, Grossman joins club

The Astros have placed outfielder Justin Maxwell on the disabled list with a fractured left hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch in Tuesday’s win over the Mariners. The team recalled outfielder Robbie Grossman from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

(click here for video of Maxwell injury)

Maxwell was removed from Tuesday’s game between the fourth and fifth innings after being hit in the left wrist by a pitch in the bottom of the third, driving in a run with the bases loaded.

Maxwell was hitting .234 with one homer and six RBIs in 77 at-bats as Houston’s starting center fielder. The move likely means Brandon Barnes will get most of the playing time in center field.

Grossman, a switch-hitter, was hitting .324 with 13 runs scored and a .452 on-base percentage in 19 games for Oklahoma City, going 9-for-22 in his past five games. Acquired from the Pirates in the Wandy Rodriguez trade at the Trade Deadline last year, he hit .267 with a .371 on-base percentage in 36 games at Double-A Corpus Christi.

This will be Grossman’s Major League debut.

Martinez to see doctor, could be headed to DL

After an exceptionally healthy spring camp, the Astros may have to put outfielder Fernando Martinez on the disabled list.

Martinez, who’s made the club as one of the team’s backup outfielders, was scratched from the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Tigers and he admitted going on the DL was a possibility. He missed a week earlier this spring with lower back tightness and will be examined by a doctor Friday in Houston.

“I think it’s the [left] oblique right now,” Martinez said. “I feel a little more pain right now than I did before. Hopefully a couple of days off and I’ll be back.”

Martinez said the team has discussed possibly having to put him on the disabled list. The Astros are taking a bevy of extra players to Houston, so they wouldn’t have to go reach to find his roster replacement. Trevor Crowe and J.D. Martinez were among the last outfielders cut from camp.

Martinez is holding out hope he won’t have to go on the DL.

“I can play like that, but sometimes when I throw and I swing I feel a little pain,” he said.

The 24-year-old left-handed hitter batted .237 with six homers and 14 RBIs in 41 games last year for the Astros, who claimed him off waivers on Jan. 11, 2012.

 

Astros put Norris on DL

As expected, the Astros placed right-hander Bud Norris on the 15-day disabled list Sunday afternoon with a sprained left knee. The move is retroactive to June 12.

Norris, who is 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 13 starts, sprained his knee pitching against the Giants on Tuesday in San Francisco. He was scheduled to start Sunday against the Rangers, but the Astros called up left-hander Dallas Keuchel from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make his Major League Debut.

“I’m frustrated,” Norris said. “Nobody wants to go on the DL, but I know I need to get this thing right, because once I get it right I can pitch the way I was capable of pitching the first 10, 15 starts.”

Norris, 27, injured his hip flexor May 31 against the Rockies and wasn’t the same. He was 5-1 with a 3.34 ERA in his first 10 starts of the season, but was 0-3 with a 13.09 ERA in his next three starts as he dealt with leg problems.

“I’ve been trying to go out there and pitch at 80 percent and unfortunately I haven’t been helping the team much,” Norris said. “It’s frustrating in that regard. I want to be out there every fifth day, but I understand that short-term is more important than the long term and I have a whole second half to put it together to come back from this thing. I’m hoping it doesn’t take a long time.”

Astros manager Brad Mills said he didn’t want Norris to try to pitch through any discomfort.

“It’s something that we want to make sure he’s 100 percent when he comes back and that he’s not tentative when he’s putting weight on it,” he said. “We’ll get him back going as soon as we can and hopefully we can get him 100 percent.”

This is the second career trip to the DL for Norris, who went on the shelf in 2010 with biceps tendinitis.“You’re going to through some things, some bumps and bruises, where you’re going to have to go out there and pitch,” Norris said. “I definitely gave it everything I had and it didn’t go my way. I have to give my knee some time, the whole leg some time. I have 15 days to do it. I’m feeling a little bit better, and day in and day out I have to get treatment to get me back out on the field.”

Bourgeois can’t catch a break

Jason Bourgeois has been one of the few bright spots for the Astros this season, hitting .353 in 102 at-bats with 17 stolen bases, which ranks among the league’s leaders. The problem for Bourgeois has been staying healthy.

The Astros placed the fleet-footed outfielder on the 15-day disabled list following Tuesday’s loss to the Rangers with a strained right quadriceps muscle, the same injury that has been nagging him the past few days. Bourgeois missed 25 games on the DL from May 8-June 3 with a strained left oblique, and he later dealt with a sore ankle that required him to get an MRI.

His first injury occurred just as he was beginning to get more playing time, as well as climbing to the top of the league in stolen bases where he was tied with teammate Michael Bourn for a time. Bourgeois didn’t figure to make his way into the team’s starting outfield rotation, but he definitely warranted more playing time. That’s a moot point if he can’t stay healthy.

“I was running at about 85-90 percent to get by until it starts healing up, but today it grabbed at me pretty good,” Bourgeois said. “My game is my legs, so I need them. It’s kind of hurting me right now.”

Bogusevic is hitting .257 with three homers and 27 RBIs for Oklahoma City. He hit .222 (6-for-27) in a stint with the Astros earlier this year.

In other injury news, catcher Humberto Quintero — out since May 28 with a high ankle sprain — will begin an eight-game Minor League rehab stint on July 1 at Oklahoma City. If all goes well, he’ll return to the Major League club following the All-Star break.

Lyles on his way to Astros

The Astros announced Saturday afternoon they will place left-hander Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list Monday with fluid in his left elbow joint and will purchase the contract of top prospect Jordan Lyles, a right-handed pitcher, from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Lyles, 20, the Astros’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year last year, will make his Major League debut on Tuesday when he gets the start for the Astros against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He’s 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 starts this year for the RedHawks. Lyles is also scheduled to start June 5 in San Diego, manager Brad Mills said.

“He’s been pitching well,” Mills said. “His last outing [Wednesday] was six shutout innings and he only threw 77 pitches. He’s put some pretty good outings together. Everyone’s excited with the way he threw in Spring Training for us and we’re exited for him. This will be a good time to see him pitch.”

Rodriguez underwent an MRI on Saturday morning because of discomfort in his elbow. He was scheduled to start Saturday’s game against Arizona, but was scratched on Friday. Rodriguez is 3-3 in 10 starts this season with a 3.41 ERA, and is 3-1 in his last seven starts with a 2.16 ERA.

In Lyles’ last seven starts, he has been one of the top starting pitchers in Triple-A, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.00 ERA. In that span, he has allowed two runs or less in six starts and one run or less in four starts.

Lyles, the club’s 38th overall pick in 2008, dazzled the Astros in Spring Training, posting a 1.98 ERA in five appearances while competing for the fifth starter’s job – a spot that eventually went to Nelson Figueroa.

To make room for Lyles on the 40-man roster, catcher Jason Castro will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

 

 

Lindstrom knows DL right move

Matt Lindstrom, who has been battling back problems for several weeks, was placed on the 15-day disabled list following Wednesday’s loss to the Mets. The Astros recalled left-hander Fernando Abad from Triple-A Round Rock.

Lindstrom was removed from his role as closer Tuesday following a tough stretch of games in which he was 0-3 with two blown saves and had allowed nine earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in four appearances. His back had been affecting his mechanics, and the Astros finally decided to put him on the disabled list.

“His back just hasn’t been getting any better,” manager Brad Mills said. “We talked to him before the game and it wasn’t letting him finish any of his pitches and letting him be the pitcher he is. We need to get him right.”

Lindstrom, who has saved 22 games in 28 opportunities, was clearly frustrated, but didn’t disagree with the decision.

“It’s not getting any better and I don’t want to cost my team anymore games,” he said. “So the good news is my arm feels great and that’s why it’s so frustrating for me now because I can’t get on the same page as my back. We’re just going to try to treat it for 15 days and get it some rest and hopefully come out firing when this DL stint is done and I can be me again and help the team win.”

Lindstrom said rest will be the key.

“I’m going to continue to work hard as far as getting this taken care of so I can help us win games in September,” he said. “When I’m right and feel the way I usually do, there’s no hesitation on the mound, no question marks. I can throw pitches with conviction and locate better without thinking the back is going to spasm or fall on my face with the next pitch. I had this all the way back in May in Colorado and I’ve been fighting it for two months, and hopefully this stint will help it get better.”

Abad, 24, was with Houston earlier this year and appeared in one game, throwing one inning in his Major League debut. He was 4-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 14 games at Round Rock.

Blum to undergo surgery

Astros infielder Geoff Blum is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m., general manager Ed Wade announced this evening.

Dr. Tom Mehlhoff examined Blum this evening at Minute Maid Park and will perform the surgical procedure tomorrow morning at Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston. After the procedure, a determination can be made as to how long Blum will be out of action.

Blum was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after experiencing swelling and discomfort in his elbow follow¬ing Thursday night’s game at San Diego (started at shortstop). Blum underwent an MRI on his elbow while the club was in San Diego. Outfielder Jason Bourgeois was recalled from Round Rock on Sunday when Blum was placed on the DL.

Blum, 37, is hitting .241 in 59 games this season with seven doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs. He is second in the Majors with seven pinch RBIs and is hitting .261 as a pinch-hitter overall. Blum has made 31 starts, 10 at first base, shortstop and third base and one at second base.

 

Sampson to DL, Daigle coming up

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.

 

 

Berkman placed on DL

The Astros placed first baseman Lance Berkman and pitchers Yorman Bazardo and Alberto Arias on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to March 26. They will be eligible to come off the DL on April 10, meaning they will miss the first four games of the season.

“Obviously it stinks to have to start the year on the DL, but I’ll get off quick and never look back,” Berkman said. “I hate missing any games at all, but as long as it doesn’t turn into an ordeal. Really just being eligible to come off Saturday (April 10) is good news.”

Berkman had arthroscopic knee surgery March 13 to clean out loose particles in his left knee and was progressing until he suffered a setback Tuesday.

Arias and Bazardo have right shoulder problems.

The moves leave the Astros with 26 players, meaning they have to make more cut to get down to 25 players.

 

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