Re: Rodriguez sent down by Astros
The more interesting thing is that they brought up Matt Albers, one of their stud pitching prospects, straight from Double-A. Jason Hirsh has been ready for a while, it seems, at Triple-A, but he did experience some soreness during his last start. Albers allegedly is going to pitch in the back end of their bullpen, and a space on the 25 and 40 man rosters must be cleared before Saturday's game, when Brandon Backe returns from the 60 day DL. That means another pitcher must go, but there is no real clear-cut favorite. Seems Nieve would be the odd man out, though he's pitched pretty darn well. A trade would also clear out a space, and Lidge has been their most inconsistent reliever and has become a lightning rod for the fans. Lidge to Baltimore? A trade would be the logical explanation, so it'll probably just be a routine promotion/demotion.