Matt Albers and Fernando Nieve will not start the season at The Show this Monday. They, alongside Eric Bruntlett have been optioned to Round Rock, while Brian Moehler and Chris Sampson survived Spring Training altogether. I can imagine the reason behind Nieve and Albers’ demotion was that of needing more opportunities for them to pitch, and that was not guaranteed right away in Houston.
With a rotation of Roy Oswalt, Woody Williams, Jason Jennings, Wandy Rodriguez and Sampson, and Luke Scott as the starting RF instead of Jason Lane, here’s how the roster ended up:
(12): RHP Dave Borkowski, RHP Jason Jennings, RHP
Brad Lidge, LHP Trever Miller, RHP Brian Moehler, RHP Roy Oswalt, RHP Chad
Qualls, LHP Wandy Rodriguez, RHP Chris Sampson, RHP Dan Wheeler, RHP Rick
White, and RHP Woody Williams.
(2): Brad Ausmus, Humberto Quintero.
(6): Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, Morgan Ensberg,
Adam Everett, Mike Lamb, and Mark Loretta.
Outfielders (5): Chris Burke, Jason Lane, Carlos
Lee, Orlando Palmeiro, and Luke Scott.