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CoCo goes on DL with a bad toe-toe

Aug 3, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

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It was painfully obvious that Francisco Cordero‘s toe was killing him while he was getting lit up in four of his six appearances for the Astros. Or at least, that’s what the team is going to tell anyone who asks.

Cordero was placed on the disabled list Friday after taking three blown saves and three losses in his first two weeks with his new club. He gave up 11 runs and 13 hits in five innings, making his 5.77 ERA with the Blue Jays look a whole lot better by contrast.

With Cordero out, the Astros have finally decided to close with their best reliever, Wilton Lopez. Lopez appeared to be the obvious choice to close this spring before the decision to move Brett Myers back to the pen resulted in his return to a setup role. Lopez has a 2.52 ERA in 39 1/3 innings to date, putting him on pace to finish under 3.00 for the third straight year.

Right-hander Mickey Storey was called up to replace Cordero in the bullpen.

  1. - Aug 3, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Looks like a case of Suckitis

  2. danielcp0303 - Aug 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Can someone run another awesome Altuve story? Would make us Astros fans feel a lot better

    • kiwicricket - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Cordero not being able to pitch for a while, didn’t make you feel better?

      • danielcp0303 - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:40 PM

        He wasn’t really “pitching” during the games, just lightly throwing balls with no movement at about 85 mph

  3. waccoforngata - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    I’ve been laughing at this headline for an hour now

  4. joshfrancis50 - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I could have sworn it was for an inflamed ERA.

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