A couple of things to note this morning:
The Astros have signed LHP Nelson Payano, and assigned him to Round Rock. Payano, 27, is 15-14 in 135 games, having spent 2003-2008 in the Atlanta organization before going to the Mariners where he reached Double-A. In 2008, Payano was 4-3 with a 4.16 ERA/1.66 WHIP, 65K:42BB. He spent 2009 in Japan, and was a non-roster invitee to the Royals' major-league camp this spring, where he was released on March 31.
Assigned Nathan Pettus to Lexington from Tri-City.