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Norris could be facing final few days with Astros

The Astros play their second to last game before the Trade Deadline when they meet the Blue Jays on Sunday. The team is off on Monday before opening a series in Baltimore, where right-handed Bud Norris will get the ball in the series opener. Norris remains the center of trade talks and could be dealt prior to Tuesday or in the hours before Wednesday afternoon’s deadline.

Norris is 0-2 with an 8.47 ERA in his last three starts, and manager Bo Porter spoke to him last week about the importance of worrying about pitching and ignoring any rumors. Porter thinks Norris is in a better frame of mind now.

“I explained this Bud in several conversations in which we’ve had as it relates to this whole trade rumor: the best thing you can do is go out and play,” Porter said. “I don’t have a crystal ball, Bud Norris doesn’t have a crystal ball. None of us are psychic. We can’t predict what’s going to happen. Is there a probability? Yes, because he’s a commodity in which other people would like to have, but at the same time he’s a commodity for us as well.

“Like I said to him, just go out and pitch and don’t worry about what the next day is going to bring and whether you’re going to be here or someplace else. Let the decision-makers that are making those decisions be able to be allowed them to make the decisions and you control the portion of this that’s in your hands, which is your performance.”

Relief pitcher Jose Veras could also be moved prior to Wednesday, and Porter acknowledged there’s a chance some deals could be made.

“When you have players other teams are interested in, you’re bouncing a bunch of things off the wall,” Porter said. “Obviously, I’m here on the field with the day to day, so I’m not privileged to all the many conversation in which they’re having, but [general manager] Jeff [Luhnow] and I are in communication in relations to the different teams that are interested in our players.”

Astros’ lineup at stormy Wrigley

It’s storming heavily at Wrigley Field this morning, the kind of storm that would make Lance Berkman dash for cover. Alas, the Astros and Cubs are scheduled to play at 1:20 p.m. today.

The Astros made a roster move prior to the game, activating outfielder Jason Bourgeois from the disabled list and sending outfielder Brian Bogusevic — a Chicago-area product — back to Oklahoma City. Bourgeois was scheduled to arrive in Chicago this morning, so we’ll see how the storms affect his travel.

Bud Norris returns to Wrigley Field for the first time since making his Major League debut on July 29, 2009. He allowed a run in three innings in relief and has gone two years without pitching at Wrigley. That will change today, assuming the weather clears up.

Here is manager Brad Mills’ lineup:

CF Michael Bourn

2B Jose Altuve

RF Hunter Pence

LF Carlos Lee

1B Brett Wallace

3B Chris Johnson

SS Clint Barmes

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Bud Norris

Norris, Bazardo All-Stars at Round Rock

Round Rock pitchers Bud Norris and Yorman Bazardo have been elected to represent the 2009 Pacific Coast League All-Star Team when it takes on the International League All-Stars at PGE Park in Portland on July 15.

Norris, 24, led the PCL with a 2.17 ERA entering Wednesday and ranked first with 88 strikeouts against 44 walks. He had also limited hitters to a .224 batting average – best among active Round Rock pitchers — before getting roughed up Wednesday. 

Rated as the Houston Astros’ top pitching prospect by Baseball America, Norris fanned 84 batters in 80 innings of work with Double-A Corpus Christi in 2008 despite battling an elbow strain. He has made 15 starts for the Express this season, allowing more than two runs three times.

Norris was roughed up by Nashville in a 6-3 Express loss Wednesday. He allowed 10 hits and five earned runs in the loss – both season highs for the right-hander.

Bazardo, 23, ranks third among PCL pitchers with a 2.79 ERA and is tied for second with seven wins. He has limited hitters to a .236 batting average and carries a 1.06 WHIP – best among active Round Rock pitchers.

Bazardo is 4-0 in eight appearances at The Dell Diamond and has limited hitters to a .222 batting average on the road. He was 4-0 with 28 strikeouts against seven walks over six May starts, including a complete game shutout in New Orleans on May 31. He has not lost a start since April 30.

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The international signing period begins Thursday and runs through the end of the season. The Astros, of course, have been more active in global signings since general manager Ed Wade was hired near the end of the 2007 season.

Wade said director of Latin American Scouting Felix Francisco has his eyes on a few players who could be signed by Houston.

“He thinks once the feeding frenzy ends and when the crazy money flutters back to earth, there are a couple of guys he has some strong interest in, and we have given him some budget flexiblity to go after some guys,” Wade said.

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