Astros.com reports that the team has released David Newhan. Newhan had, unless someone picks him up, what must be a frustrating career. He’s played in the majors for 8 of the past 10 seasons, but never really gotten to play, with a maximum of 373 at-bats in a season. He broke his leg in his one good breakthrough chance.
Cecil Cooper said he was looking for a backup shortstop and said Newhan has never played the position. I figured he meant that Newhan had seen very little action at short, but it’s true. Cooper and Newhan and I — and you, probably — have all played the same number of innings at shortstop in the majors. Zero. Going into the season with Tejada and Geoff Blum as your only shortstop options is not ideal.