Odds and ends, news and notes
Jason Smith, recently designated for assignment, cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Round Rock.
Miguel Tejada has been named National League Player of the Week after hitting .522 over six games last week.
Still no word on when or where Brandon Backe will make his first appearance of the season, or if it will be as a starter or reliever.
Kazuo Matsui was omitted from the lineup Tuesday with a little soreness in his right hamstring, according manager Cecil Cooper. Matsui could sit out Wednesday as well, but that might depend on Geoff Blum’s condition. Blum missed a second game with a sore left hamstring, and he could be out until the Pirates series. That could leave the Astros short too many backup infielders, which may necessitate a roster move.
Pudge Rodriguez was back in the lineup Tuesday, as the catcher promised. Rodriguez was removed in the first inning Monday after twisting his knee during a play at the plate.
A grand jury will not seek an indictment of Brandon Backe after hearing testimony from the pitcher two weeks ago. Charges stemming from an incident with Galveston police last October have been dropped. Said Backe: “I was very confident about being innocent. But you never know in those situations. It’s my word against the police. It’s a scary thought. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who have been in my situation who were found guilty, and that’s just not justice.”