Notes: Hard slide grounds Biggio

Notes: Hard slide grounds Biggio

MILWAUKEE -- It goes without saying that the sagging Houston Astros' offense can't afford to lose any of its key hitters, considering there are so few of them to begin with. So the news that Craig Biggio was unavailable to start Saturday's game and might miss Sunday's, too, was the last thing the Astros needed to hear.

Biggio was hit in the left hip on Friday when Carlos Lee slid into him in an attempt to break up a double play in the first inning. Lee's feet were seemingly higher than they would be on a more conventional slide.

"It got me on the side," Biggio said. "My leg was planted and the way he slid, it kind of got me up here in the hip."

Initially, Biggio feared this collision was similar to the one he had with Preston Wilson in 2000. Wilson slid into second, but he also slid into Biggio's knee and shattered the ACL and MCL. Biggio had surgery on the ACL, missed the remaining two months of that season and spent the entire offseason rehabbing.

"I thought of that when it first happened, because it was the same leg planting, same knee area," Biggio said. "Then I felt it in the hip."

Biggio remained in the game, but the pain was enough that he realized he was going to have to sit out a game or two.

"I didn't sleep at all last night," he said. "Everytime I moved at all, (it hurt)."

At first, manager Phil Garner thought Biggio's right hamstring was acting up on him again, as it did during the middle game of the Cubs series in Chicago last week.

"I didn't realize it was his hip that was hurt to the extent it was," Garner said. "(Head athletic trainer) Dave (Labossiere) told me he got nicked, but that he could hit. I thought it was mostly his hamstring. He said he was OK to keep going."

Oswalt better: Roy Oswalt jogged for a while prior to Saturday's game at Miller Park in an attempt to test his stiff back, one day after the injury forced him from his start after six innings.

"I can feel it when I run on the left leg, but it's not bad," Oswalt said. "It's just stiff. It doesn't hurt. I just feel like the muscles won't let go."

Oswalt's back was stiff when he began his start on Friday, and his condition worsened when he slipped on the mound in the first inning. The Astros were attempting to arrange for a chiropractor to examine Oswalt on Saturday, but the right-hander felt confident this setback would not cause him to miss a start.

Race for the pennant: Over 2,000 men, women and children participated in the third annual Astros Race for the Pennant 5K Run/Walk and Junction Jack's Kids Fun Run held Saturday in downtown Houston.

The Astros Race for the Pennant, presented by The Methodist Hospital in partnership with the JLH Foundation and endorsed by the Houston Marathon, started and ended at Minute Maid Park. Proceeds from the race benefit the Astros in Action Foundation.

Sean Wade of Houston was the overall winner with a time of 15 minutes, 22 seconds. Wade was the overall winner at the 2004 Astros Race for the Pennant as well. Tanya Wright of Houston was the top female finisher with a time of 17 minutes, 42 seconds.

And we have a name: Garner's son, Ty, and daughter-in-law, Tammy, decided on a name for their newborn son, who was born Thursday night: Gage Maverick Garner.

Coming up: The Astros and Brewers will wrap up the series at Miller Park on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CT. The matchup will feature two left-handers: Houston's Andy Pettitte (2-5, 4.11 ERA) and Milwaukee's Chris Capuano (4-3, 3.09 ERA). The Astros return home to Houston on Monday and will open a three-game set with the Cincinnati Reds.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.