09/27/11 8:24 PM ET
Harrell recalls playing for Guillen in Chicago
By Brian McTaggart / MLB.com
"Things happen and everybody has a time when they need to go somewhere else, kind of like with me coming here," Harrell said. "It was time to go somewhere else, too. Maybe some fresh faces and new people would be good things for him. I don't want anything bad for him. I want the best. I hope he goes in and does well."
Harrell's relationship with Guillen didn't run deep.
"I don't know that much about him and he didn't know that much about me," he said. "We didn't have much of a relationship. I know some of the guys like playing for him. There's always going to be mixed feelings, but I never had a problem with him."
Martinez out Tuesday, status for finale uncertain
HOUSTON -- Still nursing a sore left foot after fouling a ball off it Monday, Astros left fielder J.D. Martinez wasn't in the starting lineup Tuesday and was likely unavailable to play because of his inability to run the bases or move adequately in the outfield.
Martinez had started 51 of the previous 52 games prior to Tuesday, when Carlos Lee took his spot in left field and Brett Wallace filled in for Lee at first base.
"It's not nice right now," Martinez said. "It hurts when I'm running. I was telling the coaching staff I can play, but the thing is I'm worried about if that would be best for the team. Running right now is the painful thing."
There's a chance Martinez might not be available to play in Wednesday's season finale, but he won't know for sure until he arrives at the ballpark. Martinez is hitting .279 with six homers and 35 RBIs since getting called from Double-A Corpus Christi on July 29.
"I've never had it like this before," he said. "I've always fouled a bunch of balls off my feet and never wear a shin guard. As it hit my feet, I felt the pain. I thought it was going to be fine. I was laughing about it first, and when I went to the outfield I was sweating."
Astros catcher Jason Castro, who's participating in the instructional league in Florida after missing the entire 2011 regular season because of knee surgery, sat out his second consecutive game Tuesday because of tightness in his oblique.
Catcher Carlos Corporan rejoined the team Tuesday, one day after his infant son underwent 11 hours of surgery in Houston to repair a heart defect.
Astros closer Mark Melancon and wife, Mary Catherine, welcomed the birth of their first child at 2:26 p.m. on Tuesday, a daughter named Brooklyn Marie. Melancon threw two scoreless innings and picked up the win in Monday's game against the Cardinals.