Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Brandon Backe is a delicate duckling

His analogy, not mine.

Backe threw a bullpen session Monday, and will throw a three-inning simulated game on Wednesday. Provided everything checks out, Backe will go on a minor-league assignment(s).

"That will be one more test before I go out in a real game situation in the Minor Leagues," he said, referring to the simulated game. "If I can get out from under the wing of the Astros babyness -- I'm not saying that in a bad way, but it's time for me to go off and leave my mother, so to speak."

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Doug Brocail will head to The Rock on Friday for a rehab assignment, and is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.

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Brian Moehler was fitted for a knee brace and will throw off the mound for the first time since landing on the DL today.

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