Club unlikely to make several callups Saturday

Club unlikely to make several callups Saturday

HOUSTON -- When rosters can expand to 40 players on Saturday, the Astros won't be calling up several Minor Leaguers right away.

Interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said the team will likely add extra pitching, a position player or two and an extra catcher sometime soon. But DeFrancesco also wants to get players already with the team a real chance to learn at the Major League level.

"We're going to try to get a consistent lineup out there," DeFrancesco said. "We're going to try to give these guys some Major League at-bats."

The regular season for Triple-A Oklahoma City ends on Monday. The Astros will probably wait until then to make any moves, barring injury or a dire bullpen situation.

The RedHawks entered Tuesday 4 1/2 games out of first place in the Pacific Coast American Southern division. They have three more games against first-place Albuquerque this week, so qualifying for the postseason is still possible.

Houston probably wouldn't promote players from the RedHawks roster right away if the Triple-A affiliate extends its season beyond Monday.

"You never know in baseball," DeFrancesco said. "They could sweep them and have a chance down the road."