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Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30

Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-04-30
--INF Jason Smith, C J.R. Towles and OF Jason Michaels joined Lance Berkman for early batting practice Wednesday.

--C Humberto Quintero made about a dozen throws to trainer Nate Lucero from about 70 feet Wednesday.

"It still hurts a bit here," Quintero said as he pointed to the right side of his neck. "If I hadn't hit my shoulder when I fell, I would have been fine."

Quintero went on the disabled list Saturday after suffering a strained right shoulder Friday in a collision blocking the plate on Milwaukee's Mike Cameron.

"I was surprised that he was (throwing)," manager Cecil Cooper said of Quintero. "I found out he threw (Tuesday) a little bit, too. I didn't know that. But (Wednesday) I was surprised to see him out there. ... He said he felt much better (Wednesday)."

--Cecil Cooper received a call Tuesday from Major League Baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson, who will review the manager's conduct after Cooper was ejected Saturday by plate umpire Mike DiMuro.

According to Cooper, Watson told him DiMuro wrote in his incident report that Cooper kicked dirt at him during his argument, which was prompted after DiMuro tossed C Ivan Rodriguez in the eighth inning against the Brewers.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- RHP Geoff Geary suffered three losses in relief on the Astros' 10-game homestand, prompting manager Cecil Cooper to make clear that he must see improvement from the veteran.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "After things started to escalate a little bit (between Astros catcher Pudge Rodriguez and plate umpire Mike DiMuro after Rodriguez was ejected Saturday), I was trying to make sure Pudge gets out. I knew I wasn't finished. I had to go out and tell him he blew a lot of calls tonight. He was missing a lot of pitches. A lot of our guys were complaining. I had to tell him. And when I told him, he basically said, 'You're out of here.' I thought he had a bad zone." -- Manager Cecil Cooper, on his ejection from the April 25 game.

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