Houston have placed 1B Jeff Bagwell and his sore shoulder on the 15 day disabled list. Presumably Bagwell’s ridiculous goatee is still in working order, however.

(photograph by Andrew Wooley)

The Astros have purchased the contract of 1B/OF Todd Self (above), who was hitting .391 for the PCL’s Round Rock Express going into last night’s game with Tacoma. Self, 26, hit .315 with 11 HR’s and 88 RBI last season, making the Texas League All-Star team in Round Rock’s final season in Double A.

Express reliever Dave Burba, a 15 year major league veteran currently having an underwhelming season at Triple A, was the subject of a piece by Lorne Chan in yesterday’s Austin American-Statesman.