After spending time on the DL with a fractured hand, Clint Barmes made his Astros debut tonight. The shortstop went 0-for-4 as Houston dropped a 5-0 result to Milwaukee. Here are some other items from Minute Maid Park…
- Drayton McLane and Jim Crane have entered an "exclusive negotiating window" to arrange the club's sale to Crane, according to Houston TV station KILT. McLane tells MLB.com's Brian McTaggart that Crane is only one of several potential buyers with whom he is negotiating.
- As much as Astros fans might want to see Lance Berkman back in Houston (or as much as Berkman reportedly would like to finish his career with the team), Chip Bailey of the Houston Chronicle doesn't think Berkman fits in with the Astros' commitment to their youth movement.
- As reported earlier tonight, the Astros released minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo.
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Looks like Carrillo will be back with the Padres.
After watching Berkman in the Cards/Stros series, I think I died a little inside.
Berk could easily go back and play left field for the stros next season after lee leaves and he would probably be cheap and would not get in the way of the youth movement
He is definitely not going to come cheap if he continues to have a monster year like he has had in April…bank on it, baby! He is making $8 mil this year…he’ll get more next year…my guess, a 2-year deal somewhere other than in Houston.
Coach Steve Tucker
Agreed….think it would be a good move.