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Astros targeting May 29 for Crain return

The Astros are targeting May 29 – the date he would be eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list – as the date for injured right-handed pitcher Jesse Crain to be added to a roster, whether at a Minor League affiliate or with the Astros.

Crain, who hasn’t pitched since the middle of last season, was moved from the 15-day disabled list Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Tony Sipp, who was signed. Crain began spring rehabbing from biceps tendinitis surgery and is now dealing with mostly bursitis in the shoulder, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

“We’re setting his date as a goal that he’s out with us or one of our Minor League affiliates in games,” said Luhnow, who talked to Crain via phone Friday from Florida, where he’s been rehabbing. “He’s been making progress. He’s feeling better.”

Crain is still only throwing off flat ground, but Luhnow said he’s scheduled to get on the mound in the next few weeks. His throwing program been mapped out for the month.

Crain was an All-Star in a 2013 season in which he posted a 0.74 ERA in 38 games with the White Sox, striking out 46 and walking only 11 batters in 36 2/3 innings, including a 29-innings scoreless streak. He didn’t pitch after being traded to the Rays on July 29 because of biceps tendinitis that eventually required surgery.

In 10 Major League seasons with the Twins (2004-10) and White Sox (2011-13), Crain has posted a 45-30 record with four saves in 532 appearances (all in relief) with a 3.05 ERA and a .229 opponents’ average.

Astros place Feldman on DL

Astros right-hander Scott Feldman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday.

Feldman will miss two starts after being placed on the DL on Monday, including his scheduled start Tuesday against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Collin McHugh will be called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Feldman’s spot in the rotation.

“It’s nothing too concerning,” Luhnow said. “We debated putting him on the disabled list, but considering he’s going to miss a start [Tuesday], we kind of want to be cautious with any discomfort. We’re going to skip his next start [following Tuesday] as well, and given we have two days off next week, it made more sense to put him on the DL.”

Feldman, signed to a three-year, $30-million deal this winter, is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts. He was 1-0 with a 0.44 ERA through three starts before giving up nine hits and four earned runs against the Royals on Thursday in Houston.

“When he was throwing between starts, he felt a little bit of discomfort, so we were very cautious with him and brought him to Houston today to see [team medical director] Dr. [David] Lintner,” Luhnow said. “We made the determination that was the best course of action not to start tomorrow and probably take another start off to recuperate.”

McHugh was scheduled to follow Nick Tropeano in Oklahoma City’s tandem starter rotation Monday. Instead, he’ll head to Seattle. He threw Thursday in Colorado Springs and allowed one run and three hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five innings.

McHugh appeared in at least two games with five different teams within two organizations last season. He spent the majority of 2013 in Triple-A with Las Vegas and Colorado Springs going a combined 5-4 with a 3.69 ERA in the PCL. He began the season in the Mets organization and was traded to Colorado on June 19 for outfielder Eric Young, Jr. The Astros claimed McHugh off waivers on Dec. 18, 2013 from Colorado.

Castro hopes draining of fluid and injection help ailing knee

The Astros have come to grips with losing shortstop Jed Lowrie for four to six weeks with an injury to a nerve in his right leg, but they are still unsure how long starting catcher Jason Castro will be sidelined.

Castro, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday with what the team is calling right knee effusion, had the knee drained and endured a pain-killing injection Wednesday in Houston and said he hopes to be able to come off the disabled list next week.

“A pretty significant amount of fluid came out and it looked like they made a pretty successful draining of it,” Castro said via phone from Houston. “I had a shot in there and hopefully in the next few days it starts to really feel better and I’m able to get back to being a lot more active and get more aggressive movements and see how it feels from there.”

Castro, who missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on the ACL in his right knee, was hitting .254 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 20 games. As of right now, the Astros aren’t considering having another surgery to help repair the knee, Castro said.

“The reason why we took the route we did of draining and giving the shot is so I can try to play the rest of the year and push that back and avoid having to miss anymore time,” Castro said. “If that’s something that comes up later, we’ll deal with it then.”


Martinez called up by Astros, Buck to DL

The Astros placed outfielder Travis Buck on the 15-day disabled prior to Saturday’s game against the Reds and called up outfielder Fernando Martinez from Triple-A Oklahoma City, general manager Jeff Luhnow said. Martinez was expected to be in uniform for the game.

Buck hit .216 in 33 games with the Astros and hasn’t been available to play for a couple of days because of an injury to his right heel, which had him in a protective boot on Friday.

Martinez, considered one of baseball’s top prospects from 2006-10, was claimed off waivers by the Astros in January. He was batting .319 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 51 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a .374 on-base percentage and .532 slugging percentage. Like Buck, he’s a left-handed hitter.

Martinez, 23, spent the majority of the 2011 season at Triple-A Buffalo, but did have a brief stint with the Mets. In 63 games with Buffalo, he hit .260 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs. He hit .227 in 11 games for the Mets with a home run, which came May 13 at Minute Maid Park off Astros pitcher Bud Norris.

Martinez also had brief stints with the Mets during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, appearing in a combined 36 games in that span. He has a .274 career average in six Minor League seasons after being signed by the Mets as an amateur free agent in 2005 at 16 years old.

Lyon to the DL

The Astros placed right-hander Brandon Lyon on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with right biceps tendinitis and recalled left-hander Fernando Abad from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will join the team in time for Thursday’s game.

Lyon, the Astros’ closer at the beginning of the year, missed 32 games earlier this season with right biceps tendinitis/partial rotator cuff tear and had appeared in three games since being activated June 9. He had given up a home run in each of those three outings.

Lyon has appeared in 15 games his season and is 3-3 with a 11.48 ERA.

“Sitting down in the bullpen even without throwing [Tuesday] night, Brandon’s arm was bothering him a little bit,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “Jamie [Quirk], our bullpen coach, talked to him last night and felt we needed to talk about it. We came in and talked about and brought the doctors in and we thought we need to get this care of.”

Mills said Lyon would likely undergo MRI at some point soon and said his current injury is related to the previous injury that put him on the DL.

“I can say pretty candidly it’s probably related,” Mills said.

Abad, who had a 2.84 ERA in 22 games last year with the Astros in his Major League debut, was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 games at Oklahoma City. He started the season with the Astros, but was sent down after going 1-4 with a 7.43 ERA in 22 appearances.

“We talked to the Triple-A staff down there and we just about went through all the pitchers,” Mills said. “[Jeff] Fulchino, we sent him down [earlier this week] to work on some things. He threw two pitches last night and got hit with a one-hopper and had to come out of the game. I don’t think that’s fair to him [to bring him back]. As we went through the other pitchers, we felt Abad was the best choice. The response to our questions were he’s throwing pretty close to what he was last year.”