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Saturday, June 9, 2012

With Dominoes Falling, Drew Locke Returns

One of the dominoes that has fallen as a result of the recent rash of injuries on the Astros' injuries is the return of Drew Locke to Whataburger Field. 

As Zach Levine pointed out on Twitter earlier today, four Astros have gone on the disabled list in the past week.  As a result of these moves, numerous players have had to be called up from Oklahoma City to Houston.  In addition, today Jake Goebbert was promoted from Corpus Christi to Oklahoma City.  Goebbert's promotion leaves a spot for an outfielder on the Hooks' roster.

That spot will be filled by Drew Locke, who had his best professional season as a member of the Hooks in 2009.  In that season, Locke batted .338 with 20 home runs and 109 RBI.  He spent 2010 and 2011 playing AAA for the Astros at Round Rock and Oklahoma City. 

Locke left the Astros' organization after the 2011 season as a free agent.  He played the first six weeks of the 2012 season with the Sugar Land Skeeters.  In 40 games for the Skeeters, he had a .285 batting average, four home runs and 24 RBI.  According to Greg Rajan of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Locke is in the Hooks' starting line-up for tonight's game against Midland.

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