Thursday, November 5, 2009

As promised, roster tweaking

Alyson Footer tells us that the Astros have purchased the contracts of Fernando Abad and Wladimir Sutil, and have added them to the 40-man roster.

Both players are doing well in Winter Ball.

In the Dominican Winter League, Abad has started three games with a line of:
15IP, 9H/3ER, 9K:4BB, 1.80 ERA/0.87 WHIP, and 3HBPs, with a .180 BAA

And in the Venezuelan Winter League, Sutil is hitting:
16x53 (.302/.321/.358), 3XBH-4RBI, 1K:1BB. Although one walk in 53ABs is a smidge low...

The Astros are saying this rounds out the 40-man roster. And it does, kind of. On the 40-man roster page, there are 37 players (as we noted earlier today). However, this also includes Mike Hampton - whose "**" indicates at the bottom of the page, "Not on 40-man roster." So is it semantics? Sure. Is it contradictory? Sure.