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Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-05-12

Houston Astros Notes, Quotes 2009-05-12
--RHP Jeff Fulchino was optioned back to Class AAA Round Rock on Sunday. He had posted a 5.91 ERA over two stints with the club. With his demotion the Astros moved back to 12 pitchers and 13 position players after going to 13 pitchers and 12 position players on Wednesday.

--IF Jason Smith, who was 0-for-21 before he was designated for assignment on Thursday, was re-signed on Sunday to help back up in the infield. 1B Lance Berkman has been out because of a sore wrist.

--RHP Brandon Backe, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left intercostals muscle, threw six scoreless innings Friday in a rehab start for Class AA Corpus Christi. He threw 82 on Friday for the Hooks.

"It's more or less like I'm in spring training again trying to build my arm up to 100 pitches," he said. "It's a slow process."

--C Humberto Quintero (strained right shoulder) went 0-for-3 in a rehab assignment for Class AAA Round Rock, and barring any setbacks, he will rejoin the team Tuesday in Colorado.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Astros ace righthander Roy Oswalt, who was 10-2 after the All-Star Break last year, earned his first victory of the season Sunday, May 10.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "Obviously I have to be worried. We're in May. We're almost on May 15 and we're still struggling. This guy (Lance Berkman) is one of the best hitters in the game. And, yeah, I am a little worried about him." -- Manager Cecil Cooper, after dropping Lance Berkman to fifth in the lineup.

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Added: May 12, 2009

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