Houston tries to figure out blister problems

Houston tries to figure out blister problems

The Astros are going to try to send top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart to a specialist of some sort to see if they can find a remedy for his recurring blister problems.

Cosart, who had his return start to Triple-A Oklahoma City cut short after 3 2/3 innings because of another blister, appeared to have gotten over his problems. Cosart went 5-5 with a 3.52 ERA in 15 starts at Double-A Corpus Christi and has now dealt with three blisters on three different fingers.

"We've had all kinds of gook and gunk and some rodeo cream -- a bunch of stuff," Astros director of player development Fred Nelson said of attempted remedies.

Nelson said the Astros have had a rash of blister problems with pitchers this year and have examined everything from weather conditions to the baseballs themselves to try to determine a cause.

"We've had more in this organization than I have ever seen," he said. "We've talked about the balls, being out in California [Lancaster] where it's gritty and grimy and in the desert environment. It's frustrating for [Cosart]. He'll get through it and press forward."