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DL A Possibility For Berkman

Astros first baseman Lance Berkman saw his knee swell up following morning workouts on Tuesday.

Houston is giving consideration to placing him on the disabled list to begin the 2010 season.

"We got him out there to try to take a lot of ground balls, and (the knee) wasn't moving quite like I think he was comfortable with," manager Brad Mills said. "So we're just going to back off with him for a couple of days and see what happens."

Berkman had his left knee scoped March 13.

Via Houston Chronicle

Towles Wins Houston's Catching Job

J.R. Towles will be the everyday catcher for the Astros.

He won the starting spot over prospect Jason Castro, who has been reassigned to the minor leagues.


Oswalt Leaves Start With Hamstring Strain

Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt is headed back to Houston to be examined by a team doctor after leaving Friday's start against the Pirates with a slight left hamstring strain.

Oswalt allowed one run and three hits in four innings before he was pulled as a precaution.

"I just want to get him checked," Houston general manager Ed Wade said. "Head colds concern me. Allergies concern me this time of spring training."


Astros Looking Abroad More Frequently For Players

Last summer, the franchise spent $3 million to sign 16 foreign-born players. Ten of the 16 are Dominicans, but there was at least one signing from South Korea, Italy, Venezuela, Colombia and Nicaragua.

By comparison, the club spent $5.5 million to sign 36 American-born draft picks, with the top three getting 40 percent of that ($2.2 million).

That's 52 new players in the organization in a year.

When the Astros won the 2005 National League pennant, seven of eight everyday spots were filled by players who'd been originally signed by the franchise or acquired as minor leaguers. On opening day this season, only four of the eight likely starters will be homegrown.

Via Houston Chronicle

Oswalt To Start Eighth Opener

Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt will start his eighth straight opener for the club next month.

Oswalt will extend his own franchise record.

"I know it's kind of a foregone conclusion for everyone, but we're making it official," Houston manager Brad Mills said Saturday morning. "He's throwing the ball so well all spring long.

"He's been healthy. He's gone about his business the way a No. 1 should and he's throwing the ball like a No. 1 should. Each time he goes out there it seems to be icing on the cake."

Via Yahoo! Sports

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