Friday, May 3, 2013
Astros rotation options
By Jason A. Churchill
Left-hander Erik Bedard, signed by the Houston Astros to lend a veteran hand on a club laced with inexperience, has yielded 17 earned runs in his past 11 1/3 innings, including a mediocre outing Wednesday in the Bronx. The 34-year-old has allowed 36 baserunners in 18 2/3 innings, suggesting the Astros may need to look for another option.
One in-house option in left-hander Travis Blackley, a starter by trade who made 15 starts for the division champion Athletics a year ago. Paul Clemens, he of 82 minor league starts, could also be an option. Right-hander Jordan Lyles has struggled in his time in the majors, including this season. Lyles, however, will get a shot Thursday versus Detroit.
Among the other options at Triple-A are southpaw Dallas Keuchel and 21-year-old Jarred Cosart. Both have pitched well thus far in 2013, though for Keuchel we're talking about one start, as he missed the start of the season due to injury.
The Astros may be in big trouble with their starting pitching, as Brad Peacock was sent to the bullpen and one of the aforementioned options is likely to be inserted into the rotation to replace him. The club will either have to stick with Bedard a little longer or commit to replacing two starters inside of a week.
John Ely may have been the first option, but he will miss the season due to Tommy John surgery.