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Newhan Released By Houston

The Astros released infielder David Newhan and reassigned right-hander Chad Paronto to Minor League camp on Saturday.

Newhan was not viewed by manager Cecil Cooper as a candidate for the backup-infielder job.

"Not really," Newhan said of whether he was surprised by his release. "The only way Coop's really communicated is through you [reporters]. I'm not blind. It's just unfortunate. ... They talked about having a shortstop the whole time. I wish I had gotten a chance to at least screw that up. I never really got that opportunity."

Via MLB.com

Boone Out Of Intensive Care After Heart Surgery

Astros third baseman Aaron Boone has been taken out of the intensive care unit after open heart surgery performed Thursday at Stanford Medical Center in California.

"It was a little more serious that we kind of expected," Bob Boone, Aaron's father, said. "The surgeon told us it's good we did it now."

Boone said his son had a section of his aorta replaced and had his aortic valve repaired. They knew of the condition since childhood, but it had worsened in recent years.

Via Houston Chronicle

Tejada Homers One Day After Sentencing

Astros infielder Miguel Tejada homered during a spring game on Saturday, one day after he was sentenced to one year of probation for misleading Congress.

"It's a lot easier with the stuff behind me," said Tejada, who had been awaiting sentencing since pleading guilty in February. "I don't have to worry about that anymore. The only thing I have to worry about now is to just play baseball."

Via Yahoo!

Tejada Gets One Year Probation

The prosecutor's words were delivered in the matter known as "The United States of America vs. Miguel O. Tejada," spoken during Thursday's 23-minute hearing in which the Houston Astros shortstop was sentenced to one year of probation for misleading Congress.

"People have to know that when Congress asks questions, it's serious business," Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Durham told the court. "And if you don't tell the truth -- and we can prove you haven't told the truth -- then there will be accountability."


Astros Will Try Pudge At Third?

There appears to be a chance that the Astros will play Pudge Rodriguez at third base this season.

Rodriguez made his spring debut with the Astros on Sunday, and will continue to see time at the position.

"I'm pondering it," Cecil Cooper said. "I'll put it that way. I'm pondering it. I'm trying to get my mind around it. I know he's played it a little bit and he's actually played a little bit of first. I'm just pondering it and we'll see as we get closer to what we have to do."

Via Houston Chronicle

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