HOUSTON (AP) -The Houston Astros activated reliever Rick White from the 15-day disabled list Friday and sent Chris Burke to Triple-A Round Rock.
White has been out since April 25, when he strained a side muscle warming up in the bullpen. He's been one of the Astros' most reliable relievers this season, allowing two runs and five hits in 11 2-3 innings.
White made two rehabilitation appearances with Double-A Corpus Christi, striking out three and allowing one run in three innings.
Burke was the Astros' starting center fielder on opening day, but he's hitting only .238 with one home run and six RBIs in 28 games. The Astros called up rookie Hunter Pence to replace Burke on April 27.
``We didn't feel like Chris was going to get the playing time he needs right now,'' manager Phil Garner said.
On Thursday, Burke made his first start since he was benched and hit a three-run homer in Houston's 9-5 loss to Cincinnati. It wasn't enough to keep the Astros from making the move.
``His future is playing, not sitting,'' Garner said. ``We really view him that way and unfortunately, the last couple of years, he's had to sit a lot.''
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