August Preliminary Report: Astros

Houston Astros
• After losing three starting players to injury in July, and after a handful of demotions to their minor league affiliate in Charleston, the Astros now have seven AAA call-ups on their current roster, including outfielder Jeff Leonard and first baseman Jim Obradovich, who were summoned to the parent club after Terry Puhl and Denny Walling were both placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 31st.

• The Astros will go with a four-man starting corps of pitchers for August: J.R. Richard, Joe Niekro, Mark Lemongello, and a new addition to the rotation, Joaquin Andujar.

• Catcher Bruce Bochy returned from the 30-day DL on July 26th, and will join Reggie Baldwin as the team’s one-two punch behind the plate. This left Luis Pujols as the odd man out, and he was sent to AAA Charleston on July 27th.

• No Houston pitcher has yet reached the 10-win mark this season; J.R. Richard is the closest, with 9.

• With the loss of both Puhl and Walling to the disabled list, Cesar Cedeno and Jesus Alou will spend the next two weeks covering their positions during their absence. Alou will be stationed in left, while Cedeno will take over in center.

• The Astros will take a day off from their regular season schedule on August 3rd and travel east to West Virginia, where they’ll take part in an exhibition game against the Charlies, their AAA counterparts in Charleston. The match-up will take place at Watt Powell Park, the International League home field of the Charlies, and will last seven innings.  The game will carry an SP78 designation of EXH6.

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2 responses to “August Preliminary Report: Astros

  1. I checked the Astros schedule and they play Aug 2 at home against SF, Aug 3 in Charleston and Aug 4 in Atlanta. I don’t think today you’d see a team travel halfway across the country, then squeeze a game into their off day just to help promote their minor league team. I’m sure it was a strain on those players to play on their day off, but I’ll bet now they’d file a grievance with the MLBPA. And Charleston is an awesome city – if we ever get the chance to do the SP78 ‘Skynrd Tour (Southern States), I highly recommend it.

    • Can you imagine the panic that would ensue if a team had to play three games in three cities in three days? I’m sure the entire league would go on strike (again). I should let the Astros know that the game against the Charlies is only scheduled for seven innings…although if I hear any whining about it, I could just as easily make it a doubleheader!

      And yes, we’ll hit Charleston in 2016!

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