…The Burkelet. Last week, Chris Burke subluxed his left shoulder (which means he dislocated it but it popped back in on its own) for the third time in the last twelve months (and the second time this season). Twenty-four hours later, after taking batting practice and fielding grounders, he declared himself available to pinch hit. Yes, this guy is tough. In Monday’s game against the Braves, he was drilled in the left elbow in the second inning by Horacio Ramirez, then stayed in the game until the fifth, leaving only after making a highlight reel catch on Tal’s Hill in deep centerfield at Minute Maid Park. Tonight, he launched a solo homer off Cubs rookie Sean Marshall in the first inning to put the Astros on the board, then proceeded to reach base in all four of his subsequent plate appearances; and each time he reached base, he came around to score, managing 5 runs on the evening. I’m afraid NL Rookie of the Year runner up Willy Taveras may have lost his starting job in centerfield, at least for the time being.
Andy Pettitte also looked great tonight, allowing just one run off five hits in seven innings and working himself out of some jams that were for the most part not of his own making.
Alright, off to bed, folks. On tap for tomorrow: Roy Oswalt, fresh off the 15-day DL says he’s feeling great and ready to go vs. Greg Maddux.