Ensberg on the DL

We were wondering about the fact Morgan Ensberg could have been hiding shoulder problems, and if that was a factor in his offensive performance diminishing. Now we know better.

ASTROS PLACE ENSBERG ON DISABLED LIST

Outfielder Luke Scott recalled from Triple A Round Rock

HOUSTON,
TX ? The Houston Astros announced today that the club has placed third
baseman Morgan Ensberg on the 15-day Disabled List with a right
shoulder contusion, retroactive to July 10. To take Ensberg?s place on
the 25-man roster, the Astros have recalled outfielder Luke Scott from
Triple A Round Rock. The announcement was made by General Manager Tim
Purpura.

Ensberg, 30, is batting .236 (65×276) this
season with 19 home runs and 44 RBI. He ranks third in the National
League with 68 walks, and he ranks second among all NL third basemen in
home runs and sixth in slugging (.500). He posted a career-long,
10-game hitting streak from April 13-23. Ensberg holds a career .272
(473×1737) average with 93 home runs and 290 RBI.

Scott,
28, is batting .299 (95×318) for Round Rock this season with a Pacific
Coast League-leading 20 home runs and 63 RBI (second in the PCL). He
batted .360 (36×100) in June with six home runs and 19 RBI, and he is
batting .324 (33×102) vs. left-handed pitchers this season. Scott was
named a Triple A All-Star and started in left field (0x2) for the PCL
in the game yesterday in Toledo, Ohio. This season marked his second on
the Astros 40-man roster. He started in left field on Opening Day in
2005 and played in 34 games for the Astros last year (.188, 6×80).

4 Comments

Raffy’s on the ball.. I can’t say this bothers me or I’m upset.. I’m sort of relieved that there was something wrong with Morgan.. Hopefully he’ll learn from this and if/when he gets hurt in the future, he’ll be honest about it and just take the time off needed. Hopefully some time off will help him return to the Morgan of last season(before injury).

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Ah, and now the acquisition of Huff makes oh so much sense. I was worried we were silencing Mo right before a possible breakout (he did have a home last week), but I guess this seems remarkably sensible now.

I think that Ensberg basically came clean with the shoulder problem after we acquired Huff.. not that the Astros go Huff because Ensberg was injured.. we got Huff because we needed a bat to help protect Berkman, and a left handed bat is always a good thing.

this should have happened two months ago. He has really hurt the team, and could have been back much sooner as the fully fit all-star third baseman we saw in 2005 and in April.

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