Brocail on the disabled list.

General manager Ed Wade and manager Cecil Cooper met with right-hander Doug Brocail Sunday morning and asked the pitcher for a little bit of honesty,

Brocail obliged, and as a result, the veteran right-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list with the rotator cuff strain he was diagnosed with on Saturday.

Wade asked Brocail point blank if he thought he’d be available to pitch by Wednesday. Brocail told Wade he’d probably need more time to recover, prompting the Astros to recall right-hander Jeff Fulchino from Triple-A Round Rock. He’ll be in uniform for the Astros’ opener in Pittsburgh Monday afternoon.

“We called Doug in and talked to him and asked him if he didn’t pick up a ball today, tomorrow or Tuesday, where did he think he would be Wednesday?” Wade said. “He thought he wouldn’t be far enough along to help us. He was honest with us, which is what we needed — the truth at that point. we needed to know where he stood.”

Brocail flew to Houston Saturday to be examined by team doctors after complaining of shoulder soreness following an ineffective appearance against the Cardinals the night before. An MRI taken on the 41-year-old reliever’s right shoulder showed inflammation, but no structural damage.

Despite his disappointment that he will be unavailable until the last game of the next homestand — the first day he’ll be eligible to be activated from the DL — Brocail admitted he was concerned about the results of his latest exam.

“I’ll be honest — I was more worried about this one than when I blew out my elbow the second time,” he said. “When you wake up and you can’t get your arm up, and you struggle to get it out…I’m a strike thrower. When I go out there and throw 13 straight balls, it’s not good. At least this way, I can get all the swelling out, and once the swelling goes out,it’ll keep the rotators from rubbing so bad.”

Fulchino started for the Express on Saturday, but anticipating they may need him, the Astros put him on a strict pitch limit. Fulchino threw approximately 35 pitches over two innings, while Alberto Arias pitched the next 2 1/3 innings.

Brocail has been on the disabled list 13 times in his career. This is his first DL stint since 2007, when he was sidelined with a strained left gluteus muscle.

8 Comments

Do you know why they called up Fulchino instead of Arias?
Is it because they see Arias as a potential starter?

When is this team going to ever be any good? I feel like I’m watching the movie Major League but without the playoffs being in the picture. I’m getting some good laughs at how predictable this team is to stinking but I’m finding myself wanting to not like them more than I like them. I’m sick and tired of how sub par they all are!! BOO!!!! They should change the name on their uniforms from Astros to LASTros!! These guys S.T.I.N.K from Dreyton all the way down to the guy that washes their jock straps!!! I feel like the joke is on him as none of these guys play hard enough to even wear a jock strap!! Give them all some steriods and lets call a spade a spade.

Scott……….SHUT UP. Go somewhere else to spew your venom. Thanks.

Missing your blog, Alyson. Hope all is well [other than the 1-6 start to the Astros' season, I mean].

What’;s the story on the pitcher they picked up on waivers(?) from San Diego?

Yeah I am missing my dose of Alyson’s Footnotes, I guess she is busy with all the regular season stuff, or she is sick of writing for us ;)

Alyson hasn’t reported any of the stories back on the main page either. Ofcourse she deserves time off just like the rest of us, for whatever reason – I just hope everything is okay.

Ms. Footer, are you there? And now there is something positive for you to report on with regards to the ‘stros….!

I’m here, and I’m back…just a few days off. I banned myself from my computer…

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