I mentioned yesterday that the Astros were holding a press conference this morning. And I linked to a rumor that the Astos were going to announce the signing of Pedro Martinez. Well, the Astros did hold their press conference, but it had nothing to do with Pedro Martinez.
It was announced today that Aaron Boone -- the team's big off-season free agent acquisition -- would miss the season because he is having open heart surgery. To this, I say best of luck to Boone.
This news means that Chris Johnson, who's never played in the majors, will probably get a roster spot for this season, and that he might actually start the season at third base with Geoff Blum, who was supposed to platoon with Boone, moving back to a super-sub utility status.
And before I go, one thing on Pedro Martinez. Don't do it, Drayton. Pedro Martinez was once one of the game's greatest pitchers. Now he's injury prone who has lost some speed on his fastball.