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Update: Tejada sentenced, Boone in surgery.

Miguel Tejada was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service, in addition to a $5,000 fine, for lying to Congress about performancing-enhancing drugs.

Aaron Boone went into surgery at approximately 11:30 am ET and results from the heart procedure are expected to be conveyed to the Astros by 2:30 ET.

When I know, you’ll know.

Good luck, Booooone.

 

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Before we get to the baseball stuff I’d like to take a moment to wish Aaron Booooone the best of luck tomorrow. He’s having the heart procedure that he told us about last week, and I’m sure we can all agree that we want nothing but the best for him and his family.

Be well, Aaron.

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Back to business. The Astros have an offday Thursday, and manager Cecil Cooper has made it clear he doesn’t want anyone doing anything baseball-related. Days off are few and far between in baseball, and seeing this is the last one of the spring,

Cooper wants his players rested and relaxed when the team returns to work Friday.

“Tomorrow is the last offday, period,” Cooper said. “This is the last time they’ll have to rejuvenate.”

That said, Miguel Tejada is the one exception — he has a busy day ahead of him, seeing that he’ll be flying to Washington, D.C. to receive his sentence for lying to congressional staffers about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.

Tejada pleaded guilty to that charge prior to his arrival to Spring Training, and from everything that has been reported since then, the shortstop is likely going to receive probation, and no jail time.

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Russ Ortiz has a touch of the flu, and apparently, he’s not the only one. Darin Erstad showed up to the Astros’ clubhouse Wednesday morning feeling ill, and he was immediately sent home.

That’s one of the worst things about Spring Training — when one gets sick, it seems like everyone does. It’s risky to spend so much time in such close quarters, whether it’s the locker room, training room, weight room or even the eating area where players are served breakfast and lunch. I remember a few years back, early in the season, when it seemed like everyone was sick, all at once. I recall Lance Berkman walking around the clubhouse wearing surgical gloves and a mask to protect himself from the germs.

(Does that surprise you? I mean, who else would do that?)

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Here and there: Humberto Quintero was scheduled to catch six or seven innings at a Minor League game Wednesday, in order to make up for some of the playing time he’ll miss with the arrival of Pudge Rodriguez. …Roy Oswalt threw a side session at his junior college in Mississippi and is slated to start Friday against the Phillies. …Brandon Backe threw eight minutes on flat ground Tuesday, the first time he’s been cleared to do anything since straining a side muscle several weeks ago.

Booooooooooone.

After talking with Miguel Tejada today, I can see how important the World Baseball Classic is to him and how relieved he is to be back on the roster. He has tremendous pride in himself, and his country, and I cannot imagine how hard it would have been for him to watch his fellow countrymen representing the Dominican Republic during the Classic while he sat home, in a manner of speaking.

I think it also bothered Tejada, a tremendous “team guy,” to be portrayed as someone who turned his back on his team after being asked to step into a role he was unfamiliar with. I don’t blame him at all for not wanting to play first base, a position he’s never played for as long as he’s been in the big leagues, but I’m sure to some outsiders it made him look a bit selfish. Now that it has been established that he’ll play a little shortstop, a little third base and also DH here and there, this appears to be a win-win situation for both sides.

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Seeing Aaron Boone reminds me of a funny incident that happened during the 2003 World Series. As you probably remember, Boone hit the pennant-clinching walk-off home run in Game 7 of the ALCS that year, and instantly, it was the “in” thing for fans to yell “Booooooooooooone” every time he stepped into view.

So it’s either Game 1 or 2 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium, and my pregame assignment was to write about the anthem singer. On this particular night, the featured performer was “American Idol” runner-up clay Aiken. After the PA announcer introduced him, I heard a small chorus of boos, and I included that little nugget in my story.

Aiken had a strong, strong fan base at the time. What I did not know is that this group had a name — the “Claymates.” When I woke up the next morning and checked my email, I had about 50 messages, sent in the middle of the night, from these “Claymates,” who were furious — FURIOUS — that I had suggested Aiken had been booed prior to singing the anthem. According to the Mates, the fans weren’t saying “boo.” they were saying “Boone.” As in Aaron Booooooooone.

So let me get this straight. The PA announcer says, “and now, to honor America with the singing of the national anthem is American Idol’s Clay Aiken” and everyone responds with “Booooooooone?” Riiiiight.

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For those of you wondering if the Astros are interested in the recently-released Adam Eaton: no. We didn’t even have to ask; Ed Wade volunteered the information unprovoked. “We have no interest in Adam Eaton.” So, there we have it.

Here and there:
Proud papa Cecil Cooper was brimming with pride Saturday morning as he talked about his 15-year-old daughter, Tori, singing the national anthem prior to the Rice-Texas A&M game at the College Classic at Minute Maid Park that night. Although Cooper couldn’t be there, the Astros set up a live stream on his computer so that he could get the in-house feed from Minute Maid Park. If all goes well, Tori will have an opportunity to sing prior to an Astros game this summer.

Continuing an Astros tradition, Wesley Wright threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Kissimmee Little League Opening Day ceremonies Saturday morning at Oak Field.

 

From the Inbox:

Drayton McLane has shown willingness to spend money if the team is in contention around June. With Ben Sheets saying he might not pitch until June, what are the chances that if we are in contention that Drayton pulls out the check book, providing Sheets proves he is healthy? — Taylor, Blackwell

It depends on what Sheets will command on the open market at that time, given he’s healthy and ready to contribute on a Major League level. I have my doubts that Sheets would be back to form before the season is over. But if he is, I’m sure he’ll be expensive. Knowing what we know about the economy and the hard line the Astros have taken with their now $107 million payroll, I wouldn’t count on seeing Sheets here mid-season.

 

Grapefruit League on the horizon.

Grapefruit League games will begin on Wednesday, and it looks like Mike Hampton will get the first start. He’ll take the mound against the Nationals at Osceola County Stadium, beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. Because it’s only the first game, Hampton probably won’t pitch more than one, or maybe two, innings.

Roy Oswalt will start the second game next Thursday at the Braves. That probably will be the only start he makes before departing for Clearwater on March 2 to join his Team USA teammates as they gear up for the World Baseball Classic. Depending on how far their teams get in the tournament, Oswalt, Carlos Lee [Panama] and Miguel Tejada [Dominican Repubic] could be away from Astros camp for three weeks.

Today is photo day, an annual rite of passage that involves players walking from station to station and posing for various outlets, including baseball card companies and wire services. Players don’t particularly love this day, because it means arriving to the ballpark before 7:30 a.m. The good thing is they get everything done at once and don’t have to do this again, until next year.

More later on Toby Hall’s MRI results and other news and notes from spring camp.

Alyson

 

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