Maysonet has seen is role diminish with the return of everyday second baseman Kazuo Matsui, and he will likely be on the bench again Saturday in Game 2 of Astros' series against the Tigers, supporting teammate Felipe Paulino, who makes his first start since being hampered by a strained right groin.
HOU: RHP Felipe Paulino (1-4, 6.18 ERA)
Paulino will make his first start since June 11 after being on the 15-day disabled list. He was forced to leave his last start against the Pirates in the middle of the second inning, having thrown just 34 pitches, after straining his right groin. Paulino has never faced the Tigers. The only Interleague start of his career came earlier this season against the Rangers, where he gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, receiving a no-decision. DET: RHP Alfredo Figaro (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Figaro, the latest rookie to crack Detroit's rotation, gave up eight hits over five innings in his Major League debut last Saturday against Milwaukee, but he also showed the pitches that elevated him up the Tigers' prospect list before he got the call. Armed with four potential big league pitches, Figaro struck out seven hitters, the first Tigers pitcher to do that in his big league debut since Dave Borkowski fanned eight in 1999, and his fastball topped out at 97 mph on the Comerica Park radar gun. Just as important, the 24-year-old showed an impressive ability to stay relaxed in tight situations. Tidbits
Geoff Blum played his second game of his rehab assignment for Triple-A Round Rock at Oklahoma City on Friday. Blum started at third base and was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a strained left hamstring and is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. Tickets
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Sunday: Astros (Russ Ortiz, 3-3, 3.47) vs. Tigers (Edwin Jackson, 6-4, 2.40), 1:05 p.m. CT
Monday: Astros (Roy Oswalt, 3-4, 4.30) at Padres (Josh Geer, 1-2, 5.86), 9:05 p.m. CT
Tuesday: Astros (Brian Moehler, 4-4, 6.05) at Padres (TBD), 9:05 p.m. CT
Jason Grodsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.