Bazardo to the rescue
The Astros would have called up right-hander Yorman Bazardo to start Tuesday against the Giants instead of Felipe Paulino had Bazardo not been out of options. But Paulino got the start, got beat up and was sent back to Triple-A Round Rock after Friday’s 6-3 win over the Brewers.
Bazardo’s contract was purchased by the Astros, and he will be in uniform on Saturday. A Minor League free agent who was cut by Philadelphia in Spring Training, Bazardo is 9-6 with a 3.20 ERA in 23 games, including 20 starts. He’s thrown three complete games.
Astros manager Cecil Cooper said Bazardo will work in the bullpen.
Bazardo, who has appeared in 15 Major League games with Florida and Detroit, had most of his success in Round Rock in May, going 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA in six starts. He had a 5.40 ERA in April and pitched well in June and July. His lone August outing wasn’t good: five hits and five runs in five innings.
With Wandy Rodriguez returning to the rotation and Sunday and Roy Oswalt scheduled to rejoin the rotation Tuesday, Bazardo might not get much of a chance to start. That’s unless Mike Hampton falters.