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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Astros suffering from Texans-itis

Doctor, doctor, please hurry. The Houston Astros have contracted a severe case of Texans-itis.

In the early stages of the malady, judgment is impaired. Decisions are made without regard to consequences. If left untreated, Texans-itis can lead to Eggonyourfacia (the appearance yellow splotches on the face).

The origins of Texans-itis can be traced to Houston Texans headquarters shortly before the NFL Draft last April. (Several Texans officials were treated for Eggonyourfacia after Sunday’s game.)

And now, it’s hit Astros headquarters. How else can you explain why the Astros would send Taylor Buchholz, Jason Hirsch AND Willy Taveras to the Colorado Rockies for Jason Jennings and Miguel Asencio?

The Astros gave up far too much for the 28-year-old Jennings, who’ll fill the No. 2 spot in the rotation. Why not give Hirsch, the organization’s top pitching prospect, a shot at the No. 2 slot?

Buchholz showed flashes of brilliance last season. Why not give him more time to develop?

And Taveras? No way. The speedy outfielder can patrol center field with the best of them. And remember his 30-game hitting streak and timely infield hits?

Who’s going to play center?

Word has it that the Astros are preparing Jason Lane to play center. Yes, the same Jason Lane whose offensive struggles last season resulted in a return trip to the minors.

It’s difficult to see how this trade made the Astros better. If you understand, contact a physician immediately.


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