ST. LOUIS -- Fernando Rodriguez was spending some valuable time with his wife, hanging out at the shopping mall Tuesday afternoon prior to making a trip with Triple-A Oklahoma City to California for a series against Sacramento.
That's when his phone rang, and things quickly changed. Oklahoma City manager Tony DeFrancesco was on the line to inform Rodriguez he was heading to St. Louis to join the Astros. Rodriguez met the team prior to Wednesday's game at Busch Stadium.
"I've been telling everybody, and it's kind of weird, but I had kind of a premonition," he said. "I don't want to sound cocky, but it's one of those things."
Rodriguez, who signed a Minor League contract in November, is on a big league roster for the second time. He was up for eight days in 2009 for the Angels and made one relief appearance. He was 2-3 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA this year for Oklahoma City, striking out 29 batters in 29 innings.
"Everything's going really well," Rodriguez said. "It's one of those things where I just kind of got on a roll and just went with it, and it's been going really well."
Rodriguez takes the roster spot of left-hander Fernando Abad, who was sent down Tuesday after struggling for most of the season. The move leaves manager Brad Mills with one left-hander in the bullpen -- Sergio Escalona.
Bourgeois still feeling discomfort when running
ST. LOUIS -- Speedy outfielder Jason Bourgeois, who's been on the disabled list since May 8 with a strained left oblique, was hoping to swing a bat Wednesday or Thursday, but the Houston native said running is what's giving him the most discomfort.
"When I'm going out there and running pregame, that's when I feel it," he said. "I haven't swung a bat or tried to pick up one yet, but I feel it more when I run."
Sitting on the bench and watching has been tough on Bourgeois, who was swinging a hot bat when he got injured trying to run out of the batter's box. That's especially true considering the Astros will play a road Interleague series this weekend in Toronto, and Bourgeois stood a good chance of getting a couple of starts with an extra hitter in the lineup.
"I was looking forward to playing in Atlanta and Toronto, stadiums I haven't played in," he said.
Bourgeois said he expected to have to go out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
Astros bring back Kids FREE All Summer
ST. LOUIS -- For the third consecutive season, the Astros and Minute Maid have teamed up to bring back the Kids FREE All Summer promotion for 2011 regular-season home games.
"Summer months mean family outings, and Kids FREE All Summer provides the opportunity to spend time together in a healthy, friendly environment," Astros president of business operations Pam Gardner said. "Kids FREE has been a huge success at Minute Maid Park the past two years, and we look forward to sharing the fun again this season."
Throughout the summer, the promotion gives fans the opportunity to receive two free tickets for kids 14 and under for every purchase of one full-price adult ticket in the View Deck I, View Deck II or Outfield Deck seating areas. Every Astros home game from May 23-Sept. 4 is being offered as part of this promotion.
This offer is only available at www.astros.com and at the Minute Maid park Box office.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.