Astros to activate RHP Paulino

Updated: June 27, 2009, 2:04 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have designated right-hander Brandon Backe for assignment to open a roster spot for righty Felipe Paulino.

Paulino will be activated from the disabled list for his start on Saturday.

Backe missed most of spring training and the first month of the season with a rib cage injury, and has appeared in just five games with one start this season.

The eight-year veteran has spent the last six seasons in Houston where he won a career-best 10 games in 2005.

The Astros have 10 days to trade him, waive him or send him outright to the minors.

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