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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Saturday that the club has claimed infielder Steve Pearce off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Pearce will report to the Major League club on Sunday, at which time the Astros will make a corresponding roster move.
The Astros also officially purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To make room for Galarraga on the active roster, the club optioned left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad to Triple-A. To make room for Pearce and Galarraga on the 40-man roster, the Astros outrighted right-handed pitchers Enerio Del Rosario and Aneury Rodriguez to Oklahoma City. Both players cleared waivers and will join the RedHawks.
Pearce, 28, was hitting .254 with four doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI in 28 games for Baltimore this season. He was designated for assignment last Sunday. The right-handed hitting corner infielder and outfielder began the regular season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the New York Yankees organization, where he hit .318 with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs in 53 games before being traded to Baltimore on June 2.
Pearce has spent parts of each of the last six seasons in the Majors with Pittsburgh (2007-11) and Baltimore (2012) and has played in 213 Major League games.
Galarraga, 30, owns a 3-2 record and a 3.97 ERA in 10 starts in the Astros Minor League system this season (nine with Oklahoma City, one with Class A Lexington). The veteran right-hander was signed by Houston as a Minor League free agent on May 21.
He began his year in the Baltimore organization before being released following Spring Training. Galarraga, who will start for Houston tonight, owns a 26-30 Major League record with a 4.69 ERA in 95 games (86 starts) across parts of five seasons with Texas (2007), Detroit (2008-10) and Arizona (2011).
Abad, 26, has posted a 3.86 ERA in 30 appearances for the Astros this season. This is his second option to Oklahoma City in 2012, where he owns a 1-0 record with two saves and a 0.00 ERA in seven appearances. Abad owns a career record of 1-5 with a 4.65 ERA in 81 appearances over the last three seasons with Houston.
Del Rosario, 26, was optioned to Oklahoma City yesterday before being outrighted today. He owns a 7.80 ERA in 15 relief appearances for the Astros this season. Other than a month-long DL stint, Del Rosario spent the entire 2011 campaign on Houston’s roster, posting a 4.58 ERA in 54 relief appearances. He has a career 1-4 record with a 5.19 ERA in 80 Major League appearances with Cincinnati (2010) and Houston (2010-12).
Rodriguez, 24, has spent the majority of his season with Oklahoma City, where’s gone 3-7 with a 6.67 ERA in 23 games (13 starts). He made one start for the Astros on May 8 vs. Miami, tossing six innings, allowing two runs on two hits. The Astros 2010 Rule 5 Draft pick spent all of the 2011 season with the Astros, posting a 1-6 record and a 5.27 ERA in 43 appearances, including eight starts.
With the moves, the Astros 40-man roster remains full.
With left-hander Wandy Rodriguez set to come off the disabled list and start Monday’s game against the Braves, the Astros created a roster spot by optioning reliever Jeff Fulchino to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Aneury Rodriguez, who has made eight starts, was moved back to the bullpen so the 20-year-old Jordan Lyles could remain in the rotation.
Lyles, the Astros’ top prospect, will start Thursday against the Pirates at Minute Maid Park. He’s 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in three Major League starts. It also means Fernando Rodriguez, who threw two scoreless innings Sunday, remains in the bullpen.
“I didn’t have my mind made up or told myself I should or shouldn’t be here,” Lyles said. “If they told me I was going somewhere else to pitch, I would get my stuff ready for my next start, wherever it was. You can’t control that stuff. I’m happy to be here, and hopefully I’ll have another good start.”
Aneury Rodriguez, a Rule 5 pick up from the Rays, went 0-4 with a 5.80 ERA as a starter after beginning the season in the bullpen. Fulchino is 1-3 with a 4.88 ERA in 13 relief outings, but he’s 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA in five innings in his last five games.
“Fulchy’s got the stuff and has had some good success here the last couple of years,” Astros manager Brad Mills said. “We want him to go down there and be able to work on command of his pitches and be able to throw the ball over the strike zone with consistency.”
The Astros split a pair of games Tuesday afternoon, beating the New York Mets, 5-4, in Kissimmee, and losing, 3-2 , to the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers.
The race for the fifth starter’s spot was front and center Tuesday afternoon, with three of the five candidates for the job – Nelson Figueroa, Aneury Rodriguez and Lance Pendleton – all in action in two different games.
Figueroa started the split-squad game against the Mets, his former team, and gave up three hits and one run in one inning. He allowed the Mets to load the bases with one out in the first inning, but allowed just one run on a sacrifice fly.
Rodriguez started the Astros’ other split-squad game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers and gave up four hits and one walk in three scoreless innings. He was followed on the mound by Pendleton, who allowed two hits, two walks, one run and hit one batter in two innings.
Here’s the breakdown of the win over the Mets:
What went right: Plenty, beginning on the mound, where Figueroa, Mark Melancon, Wilton Lopez, Casey Fien and Sergio Escalona all pitched well.
The Astros banged out nine hits, including doubles by Carlos Lee, Hunter Pence, Clint Barmes and Oswaldo Navarro and a home run by J.R. Towles. It was Towles’ first home run of the spring.
“I just want to see the ball and put a good swing on it and I can’t do anything other than that,” said Towles, who went 1-for-3 to raise his average to .273. “That’s all I’m really looking to do.”
Barmes, having scrapped the leg kick he worked on all winter, went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .167, and Pence went 2-for-2 with a double and is hitting .524 this spring.
What went wrong: The only pitcher to get roughed up was Cesar Carrillo, who allowed two hits and two runs in one inning. Matt Downs and Brett Wallace, both of whom have had good springs, each went 0-for-3. The Astros were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
What they said: “When I first got to spring I was looking at some video and some pictures [of the 2007 and 2008 seasons], and my hands were lower than they had been [recently], so I just got my hands a little lower and am sitting back on that back leg a little bit and not going out to get it. I’m feeling good and seeing the ball well. I’ts working for me, so I don’t need to change anything right now.” — Astros catcher J.R. Towles.
What’s next: The Astros meet the Mets for the second day in a row, traveling to Port St. Lucie for Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. CT game. Ryan Rowland-Smith, one of five men competing for the fifth starter’s job, will make his second start and his third outing of the spring. He allowed three runs in his first spring start Friday against the Cardinals. Jordan Lyles, also battling for the final spot in the rotation, will follow Rowland-Smith.
Injury update: Jason Michaels, who was originally in the lineup in the outfield against the Red Sox, was scratched because of back spasms. … Bud Norris, who strained his hamstring on Monday, said Tuesday he felt fine.
Now to the photos:
Above: Catcher J.R. Towles cover the plate during some drills early Tuesday.
Above: That’s Telvin Nash, a burly outfielder brought over from Minor League camp to play in Tuesday’s game, taking a swing during batting practice.
Above: Carlos Lee practices tagging up from third base.
Above: Ryan Rowland-Smith practices fielding a ground ball during drills. Bud Norris awaits the throw at third base.
Above: Hall of Fame announcer Milo Hamilton convinces Hall of Fame guy Clint Barmes to be his guest on Astroline on Wednesday night. He said yes.
Above: That’s former Astros pitcher Tim Byrdak, now trying to win a job with the Mets.
The top three pitchers in the Astros’ rotation — Brett Myers, J.A. Happ and Wandy Rodriguez — each threw their second bullpen session Friday. With 30 healthy pitchers in camp, the Astros have split into six pitching groups with five pitchers in each group. Myers is the leader of group one, Happ of group two and Rodriguez of group three.
Groups 1-3 threw off the bullpen mounds for the second time Friday, and groups 4-6 will do the same thing Saturday before everyone takes a day off Sunday, the first day position player reports. So far, camp has been relatively quiet, which is definitely a good thing. Manager Brad Mills likes what he has seen.
“It’s really nice to see those guys throw the ball so well,” Mills said. “It was even smoother than [Thursday]. Any time you have your top three guys in the rotation throwing on the same day and having them throw like they did, that was nice. Plus, Aneury Rodriguez and Sergio Escalona from the left side threw well, too. I don’t want to single them out because other guys threw well, but it was a good day.”
Aneury Rodriguez, a 23-year-old right-hander taken in the Rule 5 Draft, is an imposing figure, to say the least. He 6-feet-4, 200 pounds and has terrific stuff. He was 6-5 with a 3.80 ERA in 27 games (17 starts) at Triple-A Durham last year in the Rays organization and is in the hunt for the fifth spot in the rotation.
The pitchers have yet to face any hitters, but Mills said the evaluations have begun. The manager said he is in constant evaluation mode, beginning with the moment a guy walks in the door and shakes his hand to the way he carries himself among his teammates to his stuff on the mound.
“It’s a whole process,” Mills said. “You want to give the guy the best opportunity he can to perform the best he can.”
Meanwhile, Hunter Pence had his arbitration hearing Friday in Arizona, and the Astros said they should know the outcome Saturday. Pence is seeking $6.9 million, and the club if offering $5.15 million.
And what would a Spring Training blog be without some pictures? Here’s a photo gallery from the third day under the hot sun in Kissimmee:
Above: Manager Brad Mills really gets into this drill in which he hit rag balls at the pitchers at a rapid pace. Brandon Lyon is the pitcher currently in the line of fire.
Above: Catcher J.R. Towles after finishing a bullpen workout.
Above: Pitching coach Brad Arnsberg (standing on the back slope of the mound) gives instruction to a group of pitchers. Oklahoma City pitching coach Burt Hooton listens in.
Above: Pitcher Jeff Fulchino fields a ball off the mound and prepares to throw to first base. Other pitchers are lined up the background, preparing for the same drill.
Above: 2009 first-round pick Jiovanni Mier signs some autographs for fans.
Above: Jiovanni Mier (foreground) plays catch with Clint Barmes.
Not that it should come as any surprise, but right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles, the Astros top prospect, will be at Spring Training when pitchers and catchers report in a little more than five weeks, general manager Ed Wade said.
“At this point, I’m pretty much certain he will be there,” Wade said. “We’re going to sit down here [soon] and contact players. There’s a number of guys – including some six-year Minor League free agents we’re committed to contractually to giving an Major League invitation – we’ll be reaching out to. It’s safe to assume Jordan will be one of them.”
Lyles, 20, went a combined 7-12 with a 3.57 ERA in 27 games (26 starts) combined between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock. He spent most of the season at Corpus Christi, going 7-9 with a 3.12 ERA in 21 games.
Lyles will compete for the fifth spot in the Astros’ rotation with Nelson Figueroa, Ryan- Rowland-Smith and Rule 5 picks Aneury Rodriguez and Lance Pendleton and will be one of the most interesting players to watch during the spring.