Right after Sunday afternoon’s game, the Astros general manager Tim Purpura addressed the media to announce infielder/outfielder Chris Burke had been recalled and outfielder Jason Lane had been optioned to Class AAA Round Rock.
Burke had been hitting .308 for Round Rock in the last 10 days. Jason Lane who was the final out in today’s 10th inning loss against the Cardinals was batting a miserable .165 which led to his demotion.
This move, coupled with Eric Munson’s callup after Friday night’s loss is a start to righting the Astros ship. There are still holes that need to be filled though and dead weight that needs to be thrown overboard.
Orlando Palmeiro, Morgan Ensberg, Brian Moehler and Humberto Quintero are still occupying roster spots on the big league club. Quintero may not have been placed on waivers this past week for fear of the Cardinals picking him up, but, now that they’ve got themselves a backup catcher in Kelly Stinnett, the Astros can relax and send Quintero down to AAA.
Earlier today, Purpura also told Astros radio announcer Milo Hamilton on the weekly chat with the GM that the team is in transition and he’s looking at trades although he doesn’t expect to have any major news until late June or early July on that front. He had alluded to internal moves and we’ve seen the first one made.