Astros Notes: Arnsberg, Brocail, Wandy, Crane

The Astros announced today that they've relieved pitching coach Brad Arnsberg of his duties over philosophical differences, with Doug Brocail taking his place on an interim basis.  The Astros' 4.69 team ERA ranks second to last in the NL this year, with Brett Myers and J.A. Happ hovering around 5.00.  A few more Astros links…

  • Starter Wandy Rodriguez, who had been out almost a month due to an elbow injury, returned last night against the Braves and picked up a win with six scoreless innings.  Though his contract will scare away some clubs, Rodriguez would be one of the better available starters if the Astros are willing to listen at the trade deadline.
  • In this Forbes article, Maury Brown takes a look at some of the more controversial aspects of Jim Crane's business dealings.  Crane may officially take over the Astros on July 7th or 8th, tweeted Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle yesterday.

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