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Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-05-04


Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-05-04
--RHP Doug Brocail expects to join RHP Jose Valverde on the 15-day disabled list after straining his left hamstring Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.

Brocail, who moved up to the eighth-inning role after Valverde went on the DL last Tuesday, suffered the injury trying to cover first base on Kelly Johnson's groundout to the right side. Brocail was able to beat Johnson to the bag and catch 1B Lance Berkman's toss, but he fell to the ground and ultimately was carted off the field.

Brocail came off the DL exactly a week earlier after recovering from a strained right rotator cuff.

--RHP Chris Sampson suffered a deep bone bruise on his right ankle when he was hit by Chipper Jones' hard grounder, which he picked up and threw to first to end the seventh inning Sunday.

"If I can pitch, then I can pitch," he said. "If I need a day or two for the swelling to go down and the soreness to get out of there, then that's what we got to do. As far as what I know, that's what I've talked to (trainer) Nate Lucero about. To our knowledge nothing's broken. (Lucero) did some little tests and he doesn't seem to think it's broken. It's just a deep bruise."

Manager Cecil Cooper wasn't sure if Sampson would be available Monday.

--C Humberto Quintero, who hopes to come off the disabled list when eligible May 10, played catch from about 120 feet in the biggest test he's given his strained right shoulder since he was injured April 24. "I feel better," he said.

--3B Jeff Keppinger, who bats right-handed and usually starts against left-handers, started Sunday against Braves LHP Jo-Jo Reyes. He went 0-for-1 with two walks. Manager Cecil Cooper said he likely would start Keppinger at third again Monday against Washington LHP Scott Olsen.

Cooper also said he would try to start OF Jason Michaels on Monday.

--1B Lance Berkman picked up a hit that originally was ruled an error. A day after Chipper Jones was tagged for an error in the top of the seventh inning on Berkman's grounder, the official scorer removed the error Sunday against Jones and credited Berkman with an infield single to third. Berkman had only one hit over his final 23 at-bats in April, but with the scoring change, he was officially 3-for-10, .300, after his first two games in May.

--RHP Brian Moehler (0-2, 27.00 ERA) will be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start Monday against the Nationals.

"It's definitely something I'm looking forward to," said Moehler, who was out with a sprained right knee. "I feel comfortable. The (knee) brace is no big deal. I feel it's obviously there, but it doesn't hamper me any way running or anything like that."

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- Assists for Astros outfielders, tops in the major leagues through May 3. Houston had four from LF Carlos Lee, three from RF Hunter Pence and two from Bourn.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "There's no formula and there's nothing you can do. All you can do is show up and work on the things that you feel like you're doing wrong and watch video, take extra batting practice. Then you show up and you just try to battle and do something positive every day to try to help the team win." -- 1B Lance Berkman, on his attempts to shake a slump.


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Added: May 4, 2009

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