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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.
Arkansas pitcher Dallas Keuchel, selected by the Astros in the seventh round of last week’s First-Year Player Draft, won his second game for the Razorbacks in the College World Series on Wednesday night.
Keuchel came on in relief for the first time in his career and threw four scoreless innings, escaping a bases-loaded jam by getting a double play in the ninth inning. Arkansas won 4-3 in 12 innings.
“I tell myself I’ve been through this before,” he said. “I didn’t want to let them go out like that. They kept swinging through the slider and missing.”
Coincidentally, Arkansas scored twice in the ninth to tie the game on a two-run homer from Brett Eibner, who was drafted by the Astros in the fourth round in 2007 but didn’t sign.
Astros left-hander Mike Hampton, placed on the disabled list following Tuesday’s game with a strained left groin, doesn’t think the injury will keep him out more than one or two starts. He’s eligible to return from the DL on June 29.
“Hopefully, I’ll just miss two starts and this isn’t something that lingers on instead of taking a chance and trying to pitch and battling mechanics,” he said. “It [stinks] and it’s something you don’t want to do, but I’d rather get it taken care of as soon as possible.”
With Mike Hampton going on the disabled list with a strained groin, Brandon Backe will make his first start of the season in Thursday’s series finale against the Rangers. Simply put, this could be Backe’s final chance to show the Astros he can be a capable Major League pitcher.
Backe struggled last year, going 9-14 with a 6.05 ERA in 31 starts in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He led the league in earned runs (112) and home runs (36), but signed a $1.55 million contract and was competing for a spot in the rotation before missing two months when he injured a ribcage muscle in early March.
As a reliever, Backe hasn’t distinguished himself so far this season in four appearances. He’s pitched nine innings and allowed 17 hits and 12 runs while striking out 10 batters. He’s 1-2 with a 7.77 ERA in six career games (three starts) against the Rangers.
Hampton can come off the disabled list on June 29, but don’t be surprised to see the Astros reach down to Triple-A Round Rock at some point soon and summon Bud Norris. He’s 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 starts, allowing 62 hits and striking out 72 batters in 73 innings.