--RHP Aneury Rodriguez threw an extended bullpen session to prepare for his first start of the season -- he needs to get from a 36-pitch maximum so far this year to an 80-pitch target. Manager Brad Mills said he's pleased with how Rodriguez has handled the transition from relief and is glad Rodriguez is back to starting, which he did almost exclusively in the minors. "Six years, that's all he's done," Mills said. "We're hoping he takes it and runs with it."
--RHP Nelson Figueroa, who lost his No. 5 spot in the rotation in favor of Aneury Rodriguez, will be available for long relief duties should Rodriguez, a converted reliever, have a short outing, as expected. Figueroa has a 3.40 ERA in his career as a reliever as opposed to a 4.90 as a starting pitcher.
--C J.R. Towles is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday after battling some ankle soreness. "He's not 100 percent," said manager Brad Mills, adding theat Towles benefited from the Astros' rainout on Monday, which provided him an extra day to heal.
--UT Joe Inglett cleared waivers and remained in the Astros organization, getting assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Inglett had been designated for assignment on April 29 to make room for SS Clint Barmes on the 25-man roster.
--1B Brett Wallace hit his second home run of the season as his average swelled to .383. He recognizes that the latter part of his game has progressed further than the former but hopes the power will follow naturally. "It's something that's going to have to develop in time," the 24-year-old said.
--LHP J.A. Happ recorded his second win of the year and said he felt better than his final line of 6 1/3 innings pitched and four earned runs indicated. "To be honest, I thought that was the best stuff I've had so far," Happ said. "I felt like I was attacking the zone better and not walking guys."
BY THE NUMBERS
89.3 -- The Astros' stolen base percentage, easily the best in the National League, after Jason Bourgeois' steal Tuesday night put them at 25-for-28 for the season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"They say three is a streak." -- OF Jason Bourgeois after the Astros won three games in a row for the first time all season. Bourgeois had eight hits in the three games.
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