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Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella breaks finger, out six weeks

Jun 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

It’s a tough blow for a 27-year-old who probably isn’t in line for many chances to establish himself in the big leagues.
Tommy Manzella, who took over as the Astros’ shortstop when Miguel Tejada was allowed to leave over the winter, will miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a fractured left index finger. The team called up Oswaldo Navarro to replace him.
Manzella’s calling card is his glove, but he did improve to .289/.339/.417 in 580 at-bats in Triple-A last year, giving the Astros some hope that he wouldn’t be a complete offensive zero this season.
Unfortunately, he’s regressed substantially. Manzella was hitting just .212/.259/.254 in 189 at-bats. Not only wasn’t he showing any power, but he wasn’t even making contact, having struck out 57 times.
The Astros will use Navarro and Geoff Blum at shortstop for now.
Navarro debuted in the majors with the Mariners as a 21-year-old in 2006, but he hadn’t been back since until appearing in three games with Houston last month. He was hitting .298/.400/.466 while splitting time between short and second for Triple-A Round Rock, so he’s worthy of the opportunity. If he hits, then Manzella might not have a job awaiting him when he returns.
Blum, of course, offers oodles of veteran presence to go along with a 555 OPS in 115 at-bats this season and a third baseman’s range. With any luck, he’ll remain on the bench while Navarro is given a chance to seize the job.

  1. HOLLA(R) - Jun 23, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Man. Tough break for my Razzball team. Manzella was a juggernaut of failure.

  2. malmstorm - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Ditto. How am I going to replace the unawesomeness of Manzella?

  3. HOLLA(R) - Jun 23, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    I picked up Navarro. Come. Join me.

  4. malmstorm - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Done

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