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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.
The Astros lost to the Atlanta Braves 9-4 on Sunday at Champion Stadium to fall to 2-2 this spring. Most of their regular starters played, with Michael Bourn and Geoff Blum among those that didn’t make the trip.
Here’s the breakdown:
The good: Lance Berkman appears to be fully recovered from his bruised knee. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a strikeout and looked very Puma-like going into second base. After his second at-bat, manager Brad Mills asked him how he felt and he told the skipper he wanted another at-bat. Carlos Lee also had a double, and Hunter Pence (1-for-2), Pedro Feliz (1-for-2) and J.R. Towles (1-for-3) continue to swing hot bats.
Even Kaz Matsui, who has one hit in 10 at-bats this spring, smoked a ball hard in his first at-bat, but it was caught for an out. Jason Michaels also hit a couple of balls hard that resulted in a pair of rare outs for him. On the mound, Henry Villar continues to impress. He threw a scoreless inning, as did Evan Englebrook.
The Astros also had nice execution on a failed squeeze bunt in the second inning by Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson with third baseman Pedro Feliz making the tag of the runner between third base and home plate.
The bad: There were some ugly pitching lines, with non-roster relievers Gary Majewski and Roy Corcoran each giving up three runs. Majewski got the loss after allowing three hits, one walk and two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, and Corcoran followed him and allowed four hits and three earned runs in one inning.
Josh Banks, also a non-roster invitee, was roughed up for five hits and two runs in two innings. Starter Brian Moehler pitched in out and of trouble in his first start and wound up allowing four hits, two walks but only one run in his two innings.
Houston did commit one error, but it probably should have been a hit. Shortstop Tommy Manzella was swallowed up by a grounder that took a bad hop. Mills said after the game the ball nearly took Manzella’s face off. He was right. Mills also said there was one relay and cut-off situation he would have liked to have seen performed better.
What they said: “It was nice to see Lance swing the bat real well, and I thought Carlos swung the bat real well. Kaz hit that line drive to lead off the game, so there were some well-hit balls. There at the end of the game, too, [Chris] Shelton up the middle. J-Mike hit a couple of balls hard. Any time you can put those at-bats together and hitting the balls on the button [that's good]. They hit some balls on the buttons, too, but they found the holes and found the alleys.” - Astros manager Brad Mills.
What’s next: The Astros return home to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Osceola County Stadium. Bud Norris will make his first start of the spring as the Astros finally get through their starting rotation one time. Mills said Sunday second baseman Kaz Matsui would be given the day off, with Jeff Keppinger starting at second.
Among the other pitchers scheduled to throw Monday are Tim Byrdak, Jeff Fulchino, Shane Loux, Chia-Jen Lo, Gustavo Chacin and Polin Trinidad.