Geary on the mend. Maysonet recalled.
Geoff Geary is throwing on flat ground every day, fully intending to be ready for activation from the disabled list when he’s eligible on May 29. Whether he’s actually ready remains to be seen, however.
Geary, sidelined with right biceps tendinitis, is working with the team’s athletic trainers to strengthen the muscles on his upper back — near the back of his neck — with hopes that it will improve Geary’s posture and relieve the pressure on the front of his shoulder.
“It’s a day to day process, and every day that I feel better, the more excited I become,” Geary said.
Pitching with pain is something Geary is accustomed to. He says he’s done so most of his career, not from anything out of the ordinary, but simply because pain is the natural byproduct of doing something so physically unnatural and violent as overhand pitching.
“There have been times I can’t sleep because I couldn’t get my arm in the right position,” Geary said. “That’s just something you have to deal with. Your pain tolerance increases.”
Geary pointed out that he pitched with tears in his groin and abdomen in 2008 and found a way to get through it. This time, however, he realized he couldn’t pitch through the pain and still produce acceptable results.
He realized this pretty quickly during the Rockies series last week. In what was headed for a blowout Astros win, Geary allowed five runs in the ninth inning. He went on the DL the next morning.
“I kept telling myself, ‘if Jamie Moyer can pitch at 86 [mph], so can Geoff Geary,’” he said, referring to the Phillies’ 46-year-old mainstay. “But I’m not doing anything but hurting myself. Jamie Moyer knows how to pitch at 86. I don’t.”
Following Thursday’s game, the Astros designated infielder Jason Smith and recalled infielder Edwin Maysonet from Triple-A Round Rock. Maysonet will serve in the same role as Smith, as a second utility infielder. “He can play all over,” manager Cecil Cooper said.
Two things that struck me funny from Wednesday’s lineup card mixup that resulted in Michael Bourn hitting second, despite leading off the game with a base hit:
* Before the game, Bourn was the featured presenter of the lineup during FS Houston’s pregame show. I believe his exact words were, “Hitting in the leadoff spot, me.”
* According to manager Cecil Cooper, just before the game began, he and a couple of his coaches were talking about Joe Maddon’s lineup gaffe from a few days earlier that resulted in the Rays having to bat their pitcher. Little did they know…
From batting practice:
Erstad, Blum and everyone’s favorite lefty, Jim Deshaies.
Dave Clark talks bunting with Michael Bourn.
Carlos Lee and Puma have a laugh while Puma fields grounders.