|Thursday, June 13
Doctors hopeful Reynolds can return in '03
The procedure, known as a microdiscectomy, entails removing disc fragments that were pressing on a nerve. Doctors are optimistic that the right-hander will be able to return next season, said general manager Gerry Hunsicker.
Houston placed Reynolds on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Brandon Puffer from Triple-A New Orleans.
The 34-year-old Reynolds was 3-6 with a 4.86 earned-run average in 13 starts. The 2000 National League All-Star ranks seventh on the Astros' career list with 103 wins and fifth on the team's career strikeout list with 1,309.
Puffer, 26, is 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 15 appearances for the Astros. In six games with New Orleans, he is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.
The Astros plan to purchase the contract of right-hander Kirk Saarloos from Double-A Round Rock to start in Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
A third-round selection by the Astros in the 2001 draft, Saarloos is 10-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 13 starts. The 23-year-old right-hander has allowed 48 hits in 83.1 innings while walking 21 and striking out a Texas League-best 82.
"This is an ambitious move to promote a player in his first full year of professional baseball, but Kirk has been most impressive and appears to have the poise and maturity to handle this challenge,'' Hunsicker said.