News and Notes:
- Our SB Nation friends as Crawfish Boxes take a look at how clutch, if at all, the current Astros roster is.
- For those who saw yesterday's game this moment is one that clearly stands out.
- The Astros aren't expected to do much this season but, even so, fans shouldn't be too hasty to see how their minor league talent stands up to MLB action.
- Jon Jay doesn't have structural damage in his shoulder and has been given the OK to rejoin the team. An MRI on the outfielders right shoulder showed a partial separation.
- Adam Wainwright hasn't gotten off to a good start, beginning the year with an 0-3 record. The Post-Dispatch asks when will the real Wainwright show up?
- Rodrigo Lopez has been designated for assignment to make room for the recently acquired Michael Bowden.
- Lopez has cleared waivers and has accepted the move to Triple-A Iowa.
- Pedro Alvarez hasen't impressed but is he the biggest draft bust in draft history?
- Right hander Jeff Karstens, recently placed on the 15-day disabled list, is not expected to miss more time due to his sore right shoulder.
- Reliever Bill Bray has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. JJ Hoover, who joined the Reds earlier this month in a trade from the Atlanta Braves, has been called up to replace Bray on the active roster.
The Brewers and Astros finish up their series at Miller park this afternoon with a game starting at 12:10 p.m. CDT. Shaun Marcum (1-1) takes the mound looking to continue his early success. J.A. Happ (1-1) will start for Houston. Milwaukee is looking to sweep the series and win their 12th straight overall against the Astros.
The Cardinals and Cubs wrap up their series today in a game where Lance Lynn (3-0) looks to remain unbeaten on the year. Chris Volstad (0-2), on the other hand, is looking to pick up his first victory. Game time at Wrigley Field is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. CDT.
The Pirates and Rockies will play a double header today to make up for Monday's rain out. Game one is scheduled for a 11:35 a.m. CDT start. Juan Nicasio (1-0) and James McDonald (0-1) are the scheduled starters. In game two, which is scheduled to begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one, Jhoulys Chacin (0-1) and Charlie Morton (0-1) both look to even their early season records.
The Reds and Giants meet in Cincinnati in the middle game of their three game set. Barry Zito (1-0) will make the start for San Francisco while Bronson Arroyo (1-0) will take the mound for Cincinnati. Game time is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CDT.