It got worse

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…


Club purchases contract of Barzilla, moves Backe to 60-Day DL

HOUSTON, TX ? The Houston Astros announced today that the club has placed right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt on the 15-day Disabled List with a mid back sprain, retroactive to May 30.  To take Oswalt?s place on the 25-man roster, the Astros have purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Philip Barzilla from Triple A Round Rock.  To make room for Barzilla, the club has moved right-handed pitcher Brandon Backe from the 15-day to the 60-day Disabled List.

Oswalt, 28, is 5-3 with a 3.11 ERA (28ER/81IP) in 12 starts for Houston this season, striking out 33 hitters and walking 19 in 52 innings.  He received a no-decision in his last start for the club, on May 30 at St. Louis, pitching six shutout innings and allowing seven hits while walking one and striking out five.  In 167 career appearances (157 starts), Oswalt is 88-42 with a 3.07 ERA (367ER/1061.2IP).

Barzilla, 27, was 2-3, 4.13 ERA (22ER/48IP) in nine starts for Triple A Round Rock this season. The left-hander started the season 0-3 in his first four starts, but has posted a 2-0 mark with a 3.65 ERA (10ER/24.2IP) in his last four starts for the Express. He tossed a one-hit, complete-game shutout on May 23 vs. Las Vegas, and he has allowed just one home run this season. Barzilla was selected by the Astros in the fourth round of the June 2001 draft out of Rice University. He has been in the rotation full-time this year for the first time since his first professional season in 2001. He pitched for Italy in this year?s World Baseball Classic.

Backe, 28, has been on the DL since April 14 with a right elbow sprain. He is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA (2ER/8IP) in two starts for the Astros this season. He is 17-12 with a 4.79 ERA (150ER/282IP) in 98 career appearances (36 starts) on the mound. In three seasons with Houston, Backe is 16-11 with a 4.53 ERA (113ER/224.1IP) in 61 outings (36 starts).


well this really is the nail in the coffin, or the house falling in around your ears. Whichever cliche you prefer.

Losing Roy might kill us. Man this will be one **** of a comeback if we can pull it off.

Not likely to see Backe again soon then?

How about Roger pitching on none days rest?

I have officially declared the Astros dead on my blog. It seems to be what they need, for everyone to count them out, before they rise from the dead. So I’ve done it. This is getting so, so UGLY. (I feel like I’ve written that word here a lot lately)


Doesn’t really change much.. just makes things more official.. Roy-O will still be available next week so it’s not like he’s going to be gone for a long time.. And Backe will still be coming back sooner than you think(if everything goes well).. it’s not like it’s 60 days from now.. No worries..

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