The Houston Astros have announced that they have placed Fernando Martinez on the 15 day disabled list with a strained oblique. The move is retroactive to March 27. Because of this move, the Astros have recalled outfielder JD Martinez. The move to call JD up just doesn’t make sense. He needs to get some work done and improve, and he won’t be able to do that while having limited at bats here and there against Major League pitching. The Astros should have called up someone like Trevor Crowe, or even Brandon Laird. The reason I mention Laird is because the Astros have two guys in Brandon Barnes, and Rick Ankiel, who can play right field. Between those two guys, JD, or another outfielder, would not get much playing time.
The Astros have had a relatively healthy spring. The big thing about Spring Training is you need people to stay healthy; for the most part, the Astros have. However, lately the Astros have been hurting. Not only is Fernando Martinez headed to the disabled list, but pitcher Alex White may be headed that way too.
Starting pitcher turned long man, White was pulled from his start Friday night with elbow soreness. He has been diagnosed with triceps tendinitis. White told Astros beat writer, Brian T. Smith, that the pitcher has always had this problem, it has just never been this bad.
So, could White be headed to the disabled list too? It certainly looks that way. Should he join Fernando on the disabled list, who would be called up? The most possible call up would be John Ely. Being a long man wouldn’t hurt Ely too much, and he is on the 40 man roster. You never know how much you will need a long man, but on a young team like the Astros, a long relief pitcher could be a very important piece.
We will have to see how White progresses, or if he is even placed on the DL.