Astros waive pitcher Backe

Updated: June 30, 2009, 12:02 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- The Houston Astros placed pitcher Brandon Backe on waivers Monday.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who is 0-0 with a 10.38 ERA in 13 innings for the Astros this season, rejected an assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. He will likely become a free agent and receive all of his $1.5 million salary after three days.

Backe is 31-29 with a 5.23 ERA over eight seasons with Tampa Bay and Houston, including a 9-14 mark with a 6.05 ERA for the Astros last year.

Backe was a regular ...

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