Back from All Star Break!
All Star Break!!!
So what else is new? The Astros lose again! This time in heroic fashion. For the first time this season The Astros managed double digit runs, with a season best extra base hit output, but were still able to lose.
It's games like these where you wish there was a trophy for being the "best" at losing. If you do create one, I would call it, "The Astro."
Lyon has been excellent in his setup part, throwing efficiently and not quitting runs. Unfortunately, Lindstrom couldn't hold onto the closer's role because of injuries and wildness, leaving the door open for Lyon to slide back into the ninth inning. He took advantage and closed the season strong, preserving 20 games by the end associated with 2010.
via: Fox Sports Houston
True to their word, the particular Astros selected the player they believed has been the best available at their position in Monday’s draft, taking UConn center fielder George Springer with the 11th overall pick.
HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Jack Tilghman, who was pitching for the Texarkana Gunslingers of the Continental Baseball League, to a Minor League contract. The announcement was made by General Manager Ed Wade.
In order to acquire Tilghman, the Astros first purchased his contract from Texarkana of the CBL and then subsequently signed him to a Minor League contract.
Tilghman, 21, is 3-2 with a 1.30 ERA (6ER/41.2IP) and 13 saves for Texarkana this season, including 57 strikeouts and 19 walks. He leads the CBL in both saves and appearances in 2008. Tilghman was signed as an undrafted free agent by Philadelphia in 2007 and spent last year with the GCL Phillies, finishing 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA (4ER/13.2IP) in seven appearances.
Scouted and signed by area scout Rusty Pendergrass, the 6-2, 205-pound Tilghman is a native of Telford, PA, and played collegiately at Walters State CC in Tennessee.
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Felipe Paulino was slated to make two relief appearances this week for Triple-A Round Rock, but after experiencing shoulder tightness in his first game on Tuesday, that plan is on hold.
Paulino pitched two-thirds of an inning, allowed a hit and a walk and struck out one before exiting the game prematurely. He didn't have a reoccurrence of the nerve issue that knocked him out of commission in Spring Training and later forced him to the disabled list, but his recent shoulder issue is cause for concern.
Paulino, 24, will be examined by team medical director David Lintner on Thursday.
"It's just to make sure he's still OK," assistant general manager Ricky Bennett said. "It's more precautionary than anything else. The good thing is the nerve issue he was dealing with seems to be a non-issue at this point."
According to Bennett, Paulino hit 97 mph on the radar gun, which is encouraging.
"His command was OK, too," Bennett said. "He's been out for a year, so from that standpoint, that was positive."
Paulino, who was in the running for a starting spot in Spring Training before he was injured, was scheduled to pitch again on Friday. The club will wait to hear from Lintner before deciding the next course of action for Paulino.
Another rehabbing pitcher, right-hander Paul Estrada, is scheduled to make his first appearance of the season after rehabbing a shoulder injury. Estrada, 25, was slated to pitch in relief for Double-A Corpus Christi on Wednesday.
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Unfortunately, My Astros Blog will have to take a back seat to my career. The good news is that The Astros stink so it will be a little easier to not watch.
Thanks to all who kept up with the blog and sorry for the delayed response.