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.”

4 Comments

hello allyson
I think by 7-1 we should start releasing all these vet pitchers eat the salaries and bring up a bunch of minor leaguers

Any word on what happened to Oswalt last night? He just all of a sudden couldn’t find the plate. Was his hand bothering him or was it just one of those nights? He was due for one of those nights against the Reds.Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

Russ meet Russ lol

To answer your question on Oswalt, He caught a line drive with his right hand and bruised it from what astros.com said.

How about sending our broadcast team out to pitch. When Bill Brown still does not the difference between the left field corner and the right field corner, perhaps he cn confuse hitters too.

Mel

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