News and notes from Saturday at Busch Stadium:

Wandy Rodriguez left his start after four innings with a strained right hamstring, but after the game he said he did not think he would have to miss his next start. “It doesn’t hurt that much,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to miss a start. By how I’m feeling today, I don’t think I’ll miss a start, but we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”

The last time through the rotation, the Astros have had only one starter go more than five innings — that would be Brian Moehler, who threw 6 2/3 in the opener at Busch Stadium on Friday. Kudos to Jeff Fulchino, who took the loss Saturday but undeservedly so — he soaked up three innings following Rodriguez’s departure and allowed one unearned run that scored due in part to an Humberto Quintero passed ball.

Roy Oswalt will throw Monday and will then determine whether he’s healthy enough to start Tuesday. My guess is no. That will necessitate the services of Felipe Paulino, who would likely be called up to make the spot start that day. The unfortunate part is that Oswalt would probably be ready by the weekend, but if the Astros disable him, he won’t be eligible to come off until the middle of the following week.

A good point was raised in the press box Saturday: over the course of a week, the Cardinals gained Holliday and the Astros lost Berkman. Slice it any way you want — this lineup just is not the same without Puma.

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