After the Opening Night shocker, the Houston Astros‘ season has taken a dramatic downhill drop. No one by any means expected the Astros to be a middle of the pack type team, but I’m not sure anyone thought they would be this bad. Of course, I don’t think they will this bad for much longer. I do, however, expect them to still be a bad team, just not as bad as they have been.
It’s not just the play on the field that has gone down hill, but the Astros players are also suffering some early injuries.
To begin the year, JD Martinez was recalled because Fernando Martinez had been placed on the disabled list. To me that isn’t a big surprise. F-Mart had been a big prospect, but he could never stay healthy. So him being injured shouldn’t be a surprise. F-Mart is currently in extended Spring Training rehabbing his injury.
A day after he was acquired, Travis Blackley was placed on the disabled list when he strained his shoulder during a bullpen session. Dallas Keuchel was recalled to take his place in the pen. I was a little surprised and disappointed in Blackley’s injury. I was intrigued by the Astros acquisition of him and ready to see him pitch in Houston. It is no question that he played a big role in the Oakland Athletics winning their division title last season. He is also in extended spring training with Martinez.
Today, the Astros officially announced the call up Paul Clemens. I was personally hoping the Astros were calling him up so they could send down Xavier Cedeno. Cedeno has been horrible for the Astros so far, and he wasn’t really worth much last season either. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. We have learned that Clemens was called up to take the place of Josh Fields. Fields has been placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain. The injury doesn’t seem serious, but it is frustrating. I guess it answers the question of why he has hardly been used this season. Maybe he can take the place of Cedeno when he is activated.
As the season continues, I hope, for the Astros sake, that their early season problems will subside.