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Houston Astros Roster Report 2009-05-09

Houston Astros Roster Report 2009-05-09
--LHP Wandy Rodriguez went a season-high eight innings, throwing eight scoreless. "Tonight I feel very strong," Rodriguez said after holding the Padres to five hits with seven strikeouts. "My changeup was used a lot tonight, and I had a good one tonight."

Rodriguez, who was denied a chance to pitch the sixth in his last start despite holding the lead, lobbied to pitch the ninth. Cooper denied him the opportunity because he already had thrown 116 pitches, 82 of them for strikes.

--CF Michael Bourn may have saved the game for the Astros with a leaning catch in the first inning. David Eckstein led off the first with a single to center. One out later, Scott Hairston hit a double. After Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to third, Chase Headley lined a 400-foot shot to center. With what Cecil Cooper called the defensive play of the game, Michael Bourn sprinted back, made the catch while leaning backward and then held on to the ball after tumbling backward.

"It was hit harder than what I thought it was," he said. "I kinda was fighting my body a little bit because it was almost directly over my head. I had a pretty good angle. I put my glove up a little early so I could see where it was going to land."

--RHP Doug Brocail had an MRI on his left hamstring, which revealed a tear that will keep him out of action for at least a month and perhaps the season if he ultimately needs surgery.

GM Ed Wade said Dr. David Lintner informed him that one of the three hamstring tendons tore off the bone Sunday when Brocail was injured at Turner Field.

"It is something that you can rehab probably in excess of a month," Wade said. "If you were to require surgery to reattach the tendon, it would probably be the season. Obviously Doug is opting to go the more conservative route and try to rehab it."

--RHP Roy Oswalt continued making progress with his strained right index finger. Oswalt expects to start on schedule Sunday, and he'll take a pain killer on the index finger if he needs it.


RHP Roy Oswalt (bone bruise on right index finger) left the May 5 game. He expects to make his May 10 start.

C Humberto Quintero (strained right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 25. He will begin a rehab assignment May 8 with Class AAA Round Rock, and he is expected to be activated May 12.

RHP Brandon Backe (strained left side muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list March 27. He began a rehab assignment with Class AAA Round Rock on April 27, and he moved his rehab to Class AA Corpus Christi on May 3. He could return to the Astros in late May.

RHP Jose Valverde (strained right calf) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 27. He had fluid drained from the calf April 30 and May 1, and he might be out until early June.

RHP Doug Brocail (torn left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list May 4. He is out at least a month, and if he ultimately requires surgery, he would miss the rest of the season.

INF Aaron Boone (open-heart surgery on March 26) went on the 15-day disabled list March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 10. He was uncertain whether he'd resume his career.


RHP Roy Oswalt

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

LHP Mike Hampton

RHP Russ Ortiz

RHP Brian Moehler


RHP LaTroy Hawkins (closer)

LHP Wesley Wright

RHP Geoff Geary

RHP Felipe Paulino

LHP Tim Byrdak

RHP Chris Sampson

RHP Jeff Fulchino

RHP Alberto Arias


Ivan Rodriguez

J.R. Towles


1B Lance Berkman

2B Kaz Matsui

SS Miguel Tejada

3B Geoff Blum

INF Jeff Keppinger


LF Carlos Lee

CF Michael Bourn

RF Hunter Pence

OF/1B Darin Erstad

OF Jason Michaels

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Added: May 9, 2009

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