Bowker out with sore knee


Outfielder John Bowker is not in the lineup today due to a sore right knee. He fouled a ball of his knee a couple of days ago, and it’s continued to bother him to the point where Bowker took himself out of last night’s game.

“It got to the point yesterday where it was affecting how I was running,” Bowker said. “I needed to get get some treatment on it.”

Bowker said he feels better today and is available to pinch hit. “I probably will be ready to (start) again Monday,” he said.

Lineups for this afternoon’s final home game:

Astros (74-81) – 1. Jason Bourgeois cf, 2. Angel Sanchez ss, 3. Hunter Pence rf, 4. Carlos Lee 1b, 5. Jeff Keppinger 2b, 6. Jason Michaels lf, 7. Chris Johnson 3b,8 .Jason Castro c, 9. J.A. Happ (6-2, 2.99) lhp

Pirates (54-100) – 1. Andrew McCutchen cf, 2. Jose Tabata lf, 3. Neil Walker 2b, 4. Garrett Jones rf, 5. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 6. Ronny Cedeno ss7. Andy LaRoche 1b, 8. Chris Snyder c, 9. Paul Maholm (8-15, 5.25) lhp