Sounds like this pretty much cements Wiggy at 3B.
BTW -- is Chris Duncan still STL 1B/OF, or did he take a job as an AP sportswriter ??? Astros designate Ensberg for assignment
By CHRIS DUNCAN, AP Sports Writer
July 29, 2007
HOUSTON (AP) -- One day after acquiring Ty Wigginton in a trade with Tampa Bay, the Houston Astros designated struggling third baseman Morgan Ensberg for assignment on Sunday.
Houston also recalled left-hander Mark McLemore to fill the roster spot vacated when reliever Dan Wheeler was sent to the Devil Rays in Saturday's trade.
The 31-year-old Ensberg was hitting .232 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 85 games. That was far off the pace from his All-Star season in 2005, when he hit .283 with 36 homers and 101 RBIs and helped Houston reach its only World Series.
Ensberg was never the same after tearing a tendon in his right shoulder diving for a foul ball on June 9, 2006. He spent a month on the disabled list, then came back in August and finished the season with a career-low .235 average and only 58 RBIs.
Houston is responsible for the remainder of Ensberg's $4.35 million salary this season. The Astros drafted Ensberg in 1998.
"You never know why players' performances change," general manager Tim Purpura said. "This year, there have been no issues from a physical point of view that I'm aware of. Sometimes, a change of scenery helps a guy, to get him in a better frame of mind. I think this guy, in a different environment, is going to go off and return to form."
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