When Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell was placed on the DL, one rookie never dreamed he would be filling such big shoes.
“The night I got the call up, I just sat there for two or three minutes to soak it in and was trying to make sure it wasn’t a dream and that it was really happening,” he said. “It’s definitely the best feeling I’ve ever had in my entire life.”
Bagwell, 36, was placed on the 15-day Disabled List with a right shoulder sprain, retroactive to May 4.
Self was having a pretty good season for Round Rock, hitting .391 with two home runs and 15 RBI’s in 28 games. He was originally selected by
in the 15th round of the June 2000 draft. Self was a 2004 Texas League All-Star, and considered one of the better young hitters in the Astros organization.
For Self, he is enjoying his time in the majors, and hopes to stay a while.
“I wouldn’t say I’m taking Jeff’s place by any means,” said Self. “Right now his shoulder is bothering him and they need an extra guy to come in and stay for however long, and I’m here to do whatever I can to help the team win.”
The Astros are currently in last place in the Central Division with a record of 13-23.
Clemens, 42, has been pitching lights out for the Astros, with a 2-1 record with a 1.10 ERA and needs run support from his teammates.
Self agrees. He feels his greatest strength is just being able to put the bat on the ball, to make solid contact and try and hit singles and doubles and drive in runners.
“Everybody is working together to try and win,” he said.