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April 03, 2005

Pre-Opening Day DL Entries

Texas placed pitchers PEDRO ASTACIO, JOAQUIN BENOIT, AND ERASMO RAMIREZ, and DH/1B GREG COLBRUNN on the 15-day Disable List. Placed pitcher CARLOS ALMANZAR on the Bereavement List.

Astacio has pitched only in minor-league exhibitions and should return in time to make his scheduled start in the rotation. Ramirez has suffered from an inflamed finger, while Colbrunn has been hampered by the same wrist soreness that ruined his previous two years. Texas faced the moderately unpleasant prospect of waiving the optionless Benoit. "Thanks" to his injury, they can defer that decision until the end of Benoit's rehab assignment.

Almanzar's mother died on the previous day, and he has departed for the Domican Republic. The absence of Frank Francisco and Almanzar places a disturbingly large burden on the shoulders of Doug Brocail. Raise your hand if you expected Nick Regilio, Matt Riley and Ryan Bukvich to make the Opening Day roster.

Posted by Lucas at April 3, 2005 04:34 PM