Well, the Grand Canyon is still there, and still pretty grand. I'm back from my first river trip of the season; what did I miss?
Humberto Quintero has been called up to replace Raul Chavez, who is out of options and is likely to be released. Sweet! Quintero was hitting .299 with 7 HR and 28 RBI at Round Rock, he's just 25, and he's slated to keep catching Roy Oswalt and Wandy Rodriguez, who I guess is our 5th starter now? Is Astacio our long reliever out of the bullpen?
Our OF last night was Chris Burke / Willy Taveras / Todd Self. I like the idea of getting our rookies plenty of playing time, but it seems strange to have a 2B as our LF and a 1B as our RF. If we're going to play Berkman, why not let him play RF and Self play 1B. Actually, why not play Jason Lane? Yes, he's going through a slump, but does he really deserve to lose starts to two rookies who aren't OF's to begin with? Lane's still slugging .450, and he had a big pinch-hit 2 run double last night - let the man play.
I read something before I left that I forgot to talk about - Phil Garner says he doesn't want to 'wear the rookies out' too early in the season. Um, Phil...who's more likely to wear down: a 25 year old rookie or a 39 year old second baseman who has seen his offense drop after the All Star Break for 2 straight years? Give Biggio more days off, especially if Chris Burke is now on the team.
Good to see Lance Berkman is starting to get his swing back a little bit. Although he struck out looking with the bases loaded and 0 outs in the 1st inning, he had a walk and a HR in his next 2 AB's, and he was 2-3 with a walk in yesterday's game. Keep it up, Lance.
Well, that's all for now. Comment on stuff that I've missed these past 10 days, so I can catch up.