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Houston Astros Roster Report 2009-04-11


Houston Astros Roster Report 2009-04-11
After a 19-game winless streak between their first and second Grapefruit League victories, the Astros improved dramatically and looked like a legit major league club by going on a seven-game winning streak. During their struggles, the Astros were hampered by a batting average that dipped to .207 and some sloppy defense, but they cleaned up their play in late March.

PLAYER NEWS:

--INF Aaron Boone, who was expected to platoon at third base with Geoff Blum before leaving the team to have open-heart surgery in late March, was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Boone is not likely to return this season, and his career might be over.

--LF Carlos Lee who was 1-for-12 in the Astros' season-opening three-game series against the Chicago Cubs, got back into his groove on Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lee, who had 100 RBIs last year when he suffered a season-ending plunking by Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo, showed his surgically repaired left pinky is fine. He was 3-for-4 Friday with two singles and his first home run of 2009, raising his average from .083 to .250.

--For the third time in as many games, manager Cecil Cooper had a different No. 2 hitter. Hunter Pence, who leads the Astros with two home runs, batted second for the first time this season. Ivan Rodriguez batted second in the first two games of the season. Then 3B Jeff Keppinger batted second in the third game of the season before Pence moved into the slot Friday. "Hunter can bat anywhere," Cooper has said multiple times this spring.

--CF Michael Bourn, who entered the season with plenty of questions following a difficult first season with the Astros after he was acquired in the trade that sent Brad Lidge to Philadelphia, extended his hitting streak to four games. He was 1-for-4.

--3B Jeff Keppinger, who entered the game as a defensive replacement Friday night, singled to right in the top of the ninth. He is 4-for-7 with a three-game hitting streak, which includes a walk-off single in his first at-bat Tuesday, two singles in his first start Wednesday and a single in his first at-bat Friday. Keppinger was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in the final week of spring training to platoon with Geoff Blum at third.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Brandon Backe (strained left side muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list March 27. He threw off a mound April 8.

INF Aaron Boone (open-heart surgery on March 26) went on the 15-day disabled list March 27. He was uncertain whether he'd resume his career.

ROTATION:

1. RHP Roy Oswalt

2. LHP Wandy Rodriguez

3. RHP Brian Moehler

4. LHP Mike Hampton

5. RHP Russ Ortiz

BULLPEN:

RHP Jose Valverde (closer)

RHP LaTroy Hawkins

RHP Doug Brocail

LHP Wesley Wright

LHP Tim Byrdak

RHP Chris Sampson

RHP Geoff Geary

LINEUP:

1. 2B Kaz Matsui

2. CF Michael Bourn

3. 1B Lance Berkman

4. LF Carlos Lee

5. SS Miguel Tejada

6. RF Hunter Pence

7. C Ivan Rodriguez

8. 3B Geoff Blum

RESERVES:

C Humberto Quintero

INF Jeff Keppinger

INF Jason Smith

OF/1B Darin Erstad

OF Jason Michaels


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 11, 2009

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