HOUSTON -- Bud Norris will return to the Astros rotation Monday in Milwaukee. Norris has been on the disabled list since May 24 with biceps tendinitis.
He threw six scoreless innings Tuesday night in his final rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock. Norris and manager Brad Mills liked what they saw and thought he was ready to resume starting with the club.
"It's important to get him going the way he's able to pitch," Mills said. "As long as he's 100 percent physically, and that seems the case in his rehab starts, we're going to get him going and pitching how he's capable of pitching."
Mills said the Astros would wait to announce who Norris would replace in the rotation. For now, Mills will slot Norris between Roy Oswalt and Brett Myers, giving Myers, who has thrown 101 1/3 innings in 15 starts, some additional rest.
Norris had a 3.06 ERA in three starts with the Express. He made his last Major League start against the Rays on May 23.
"I feel really good," Norris said. "I'm definitely ready to go."
Paulino goes on DL with shoulder issue
HOUSTON -- Astros right-hander Felipe Paulino was placed on the disabled list Thursday with shoulder tendinitis, general manager Ed Wade said. The Astros purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Banks from Triple-A Round Rock and will start him Saturday against Texas in Arlington.
Paulino is 1-8 with a 4.40 ERA in 14 starts this year for the Astros and has had some of the worst run support in the league. He last pitched Sunday against the Rangers, giving up 10 hits and three runs (two earned) and striking out six batters in six innings. The move is retroactive to Monday, and he's eligible to return July 6.
Banks, a non-roster invitee to Spring Training who has spent the entire season at Round Rock, is 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 15 starts. In 97 innings, he's allowed 92 hits, 40 runs (32 earned) and 24 walks and struck out 34 batters.
Banks, 27, is 4-7 with a 5.38 ERA in 26 career Major League games with the Blue Jays and Padres, including 18 starts. He appeared in six games for the Padres in 2009, going 1-1 with a 7.15 ERA. The Astros signed him to a Minor League contract on Jan. 8.
Navarro excited about opportunity with Astros
HOUSTON -- With Tommy Manzella on the disabled list with a broken left index finger, the Astros recalled infielder Oswaldo Navarro from Triple-A Round Rock. Navarro was more than ready for the callup.
"This is my opportunity to play," Navarro said. "I've waited for that opportunity a long time."
The Astros recalled Navarro on May 20 after they released Kaz Matsui. Yet Navarro only had the opportunity to play in three games before they sent him back to Round Rock on May 28. This stint should be much longer as Manzella isn't expected to return to the team for at least six weeks.
"This time is different because I now have time to play," Navarro said.
In 44 games with the Express, Navarro hit .298 with four homers and 26 RBIs. Mills said the Astros expect to play him at shortstop as well as potentially second base if he is needed.
Lindstrom back on track with save
HOUSTON -- Astros closer Matt Lindstrom got his 16th save of the season Wednesday against the Giants and his first since June 17 against the Royals.
Lindstrom blew his previous save opportunity against the Rangers last Sunday when he gave up a run in an inning. Mills said Lindstrom has battled back spasms all season and hopes he has turned the corner with these issues.
"There's been some times when he's not 100 percent, but when he does, he's on top of his game," Mills said. "He did a great job; it's nice to see."
Lindstrom had two strikeouts and no hits in the ninth against the Giants. It was his first perfect ninth since June 4. That save put him tied for fifth in the league in 29 games.
Mills' son among arrested Indians prospects
HOUSTON -- Astros manager Brad Mills said following Thursday's game he was still trying to gather details after learning earlier in the day his son, Beau Mills, had been arrested and charged with felonious assault after an altercation at an Akron, Ohio, nightclub.
Mills, who plays for Akron in the Cleveland Indians' organization, was one of three Indians Minor League players arrested. Mills' teammate, Jerad Head, and Triple-A Columbus player Josh Tomlin were each charged with felonious assault after the June 3 altercation, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
The paper said the victim suffered rib and lung injuries due to the assault. The case was filed on June 22 in the Akron Municipal Court, and Mills and Head appeared in court Thursday morning and pleaded not guilty, according to the newspaper.
"I don't know anything yet," Brad Mills said following Thursday's game. "I have not talked to my son [about the incident]."
Beau Mills, a first baseman, was the Tribe's No. 1 Draft pick in 2007. He is batting .205 this season and was recently placed on the Akron disabled list with a strained rib cage.
Entering Thursday, Michael Bourn led the National League in outfield assists (seven) and stolen bases (21). He also was tied for second with 14 infield hits. ... With Wednesday night's 6-3 win over the Giants, the Astros have won on eight straight Wednesdays dating back to May 5. They are 9-3 overall on Wednesdays this season. ... The Astros are 23-10 when scoring more than four runs and 4-35 when scoring three or fewer runs.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. Steve Gartner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.