Astros to add another rookie to bullpen
The Astros will call up left-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday and will designate left-hander Travis Blackley for assignment. Chapman will be in uniform against the Rangers for would be his Major League debut.
Chapman, 25, was 1-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 45 appearances for the RedHawks with two saves and 61 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings of work. In his last 10 games, he has posted a 1.42 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings pitched. He earned a save in his last appearance on Tuesday, throwing a scoreless inning against Colorado Springs. For the season, left-handed hitters are hitting .193 against him.
Blackley, acquired by the Astros from Oakland on April 4 in exchange for Minor League outfielder Jake Goebbert, was 1-1 with a 4.89 ERA in 42 appearances with Houston this year.
Chapman, acquired last spring along with outfielder D’Andre Toney from the Royals in exchange for Jason Bourgeois and Humberto Quintero, will be the second rookie reliever to join Houston’s bullpen in as many games. Jorge De Leon was called up prior to Wednesday’s game, but he’s yet to make his Major League debut.
The addition of Chapman gives Houston five rookies in their bullpen, joining De Leon, Chia-Jen Lo, Josh Fields and Josh Zeid. Wesley Wright and Lucas Harrell are the only veterans in the bullpen.