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Clint Barmes plays catch for first time since hand fracture

Apr 10, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

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For the first time since fracturing a bone in his left hand in late March, Astros infielder Clint Barmes was able to put on a glove Saturday and play catch.

The 32-year-old reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his hand during or after the light workout and still has his sights set on a late April or early May return to the major leagues.

Barmes spoke Sunday morning with Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle and seemed optimistic about reaching that goal:

“It was sore, but I didn’t expect to come out and feel 100 percent on my first day,” Barmes said. “It was great to be out on the field with a glove on my hand.”

Barmes is aiming to take dry swings with a bat on Monday, then he’ll slowly progress to live batting practice. Once activated from the disabled list, he should begin seeing regular starts at shortstop for Houston.

  1. gostros19 - Apr 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    i dont understand why the Astros are convinced Clint Barmes is the solution at shortstop. As far as im concerned, Angel Sanchez is proving he belongs as the starter. ill take his .300 plus average and his slightly shaky defense over Clint freaking Barmes all day and his .240 average or whatever it is. Ed Wade you never seize to amaze me….

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