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06/24/08 9:40 PM ET

Fatherhood sidelines Wright

Reliever leaves team as wife gives birth to second child

HOUSTON -- Jamey Wright is expected to miss the first two games of the Astros series to be with his wife, Marnie, who gave birth to the couple's second child on Monday.

Wright is expected to rejoin the Rangers on Thursday. His absence leaves the team with a six-man bullpen, but the Rangers were off on Monday, so all six are rested and ready to go.

"Everybody is available," manager Ron Washington said.

The Rangers will still miss Wright, who normally handles the seventh inning and has been one of the team's most reliable setup relievers. Wright is 4-3 with a 3.89 ERA in a team-high 38 appearances -- second most in the American League -- and he has a 2.16 ERA in his last nine appearances. His 41 2/3 innings are the second most by a reliever in the league.

"It's not a very comfortable feeling, not having him," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "But if our starters do what they should, we'll be all right.

Kingston Cash Wright was born at 2:08 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.