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Position: P      Born: May 16, 1967      Bats: Left      Throws: Right

A former first-round choice of the Padres, Brocail has had three stints with the Astros. He first came in the 1994 mega-deal that sent Ken Caminiti and Steve Finley to San Diego for Derek Bell and Ricky Gutierrez, among others. He went 7-9 with one save during the next two seasons with Houston.

The Astros then dealt him to Detroit along with Brian Hunter and Todd Jones for Brad Ausmus, Jose Lima and Daryle Ward among others. Four years later, the Astros got him back along with Ausmus and Nelson Cruz for Roger Cedeno, Chris Holt and Mitch Meluskey. He was injured and did not appear with the Astros for the next two seasons.

After free agency, Brocail signed with the Rangers but had open heart surgery after arterial blockage was discovered. At age 37, he resumed his career with two seasons pitching for the Rangers and two more with the Padres.

He signed again with the Astros after the 2007 season and worked the next two years with Houston, posting an 8-5 record with two saves. Over his total career with the Astros, Brocail has a 15-14 record with a 4.24 ERA as a middle reliever. Retiring after an injury-plagued 2009 campaign, he has served as a pitching adviser in the organization.