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Peacock undergoes arthroscopic surgery

Astros right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock will miss the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery last week in Chicago to remove two bone spurs that were pinching a nerve near his spine.

Peacock, who underwent surgery on Wednesday, pitched in only one game for the Astros this year after dealing with what was originally called a right intercostal strain. He threw five innings April 14 against Oakland and then went back on the disabled list. Peacock had a setback during a June 11 Minor League rehab outing at Double-A and didn’t pitch again.

“We’ve addressed the issue that he had and we’re expecting that he will be symptom free and healthy and ready to go for next year,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

Peacock had hip surgery in October and came to spring camp 30 pounds lighter and ready to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. He started last season in the Astros’ bullpen and wound up making 24 starts, going 4-9 with a 4.72 ERA.

Peacock could miss start of regular season

Astros right-hander Brad Peacock could miss the start of the 2015 regular season while he recovers from arthroscopic surgery performed earlier this month on his right hip to repair a torn labrum and remove bone spurs.

Peacock, whose surgery was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 6, said he will be on crutches for five more weeks before undergoing two months of rehab, but said Tuesday he’s already feeling better.

“I can already stretch my leg farther than I did before surgery,” he said.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Peacock’s rehab will put him behind at the start of spring camp next year, which could impact his readiness for the beginning of the season.

“It looks like he’s going to be rehabbing and will not be ready for the start of Spring Training, and at this point is questionable for the start of the season,” he said. “But we’re hoping it won’t be too far into the season he’ll be ready to go 100 percent.”

Peacock started the season in the bullpen before making 24 starts in the rotation, setting career highs in appearances (28), starts (24), innings pitched (131 2/3) and strikeouts (119). He went 4-9 with a 4.72 ERA.

Peacock, who tenuously held down the No. 5 spot in the pitching rotation late in the year, dealt with back problems in September, which could have been a result of his hip injury.

“My hip has locked up the last couple of years, but it didn’t really hurt when I pitched,” he said. “When [assistant athletic trainer] Rex [Jones] was stretching me this year, it kind of worsened and I couldn’t stretch my leg out. He wanted to get it checked out, and we did and I had surgery.”

Peacock said an MRI at the end of the season showed some arthritis in the hip, and doctors weren’t sure what they would find until they performed surgery.

“He went in and I woke up and they told me what happened: torn labrum and a little piece of bone lodged in my hip,” he said. “They did some clean up.”

Luhnow said doctors believed surgery would be the best option.

“He felt it during the season, but it was kind of off and on,” he said. “We had the doctors look at it and they decided they wanted to take care of it. I think it will be beneficial for him in the long term, but it does mean he’s going to get off to a late start in the spring.”

Because the procedure was microfracture surgery, Peacock said it doubled the amount of time he’ll have to wear crutches and rehab.

“They said it could be causing my back problems and I was like, ‘Heck yeah, let’s do it,’” he said. “I’ve been having some back problems the past couple of years also. I wanted to go it as soon as possible.”

Owens to replace Peacock and make ML debut

Left-hander Rudy Owens will make his Major League debut on Friday night when he starts for the Astros against the Mariners at Safeco Field. He was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take the place of Brad Peacock, who has been scratched with right forearm soreness.

Owens has appeared in 10 games at Oklahoma City and was 2-3 with a 6.05 ERA, making seven starts. He last pitched May 17 at Nashville, allowing eight earned runs in three innings. This will be the Major League debut for Owens, who missed most of last season after undergoing foot surgery.

To make room for Owens on the roster, the Astros have optioned right-hander Josh Zeid to Oklahoma City.

Astros manager Bo Porter said the move to scratch Peacock is precautionary. Peacock played catch prior to Thursday’s game with assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones keeping an eye on him.

Peacock, 26, began the season in the Astros bullpen before making his last six turns in the rotation. In his last start, he picked up his first win of the season, tossing 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs en route to an 8-2 win over the White Sox. He is considered day-to-day with his injury.

“Obviously, it’s not a DL situation,” Porter said. “We we didn’t want to risk it or push it when we can push him back and bring somebody in to make this start, and hopefully he’ll take his turn five days from now.”

Owens, 26, will be the third Astros rookie to make his Major League debut as starter in the last three seasons, joining right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart (July 12, 2013 at Tampa Bay) and left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel (June 16, 2012 at Texas). Owens was acquired by Houston from Pittsburgh along with left-handed pitcher Colton Cain and outfielder Robbie Grossman in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on July 24, 2012.

Zeid, 27, has made seven appearances for the Astros this season across two Major League stints. In his appearances, he’s posted no record and a 3.86 ERA with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched.

Astros set pitching rotation

Just moments after the Astros wrapped up Grapefruit League play with a win over the Mets, manager Bo Porter announced right-hander Lucas Harrell and left-hander Dallas Keuchel would handle the fourth and fifth spots in the rotation.

Scott Feldman will start Opening Day on Tuesday against the Yankees, followed by Jarred Cosart and Brett Oberholtzer. Harrell will start April 4 against the Angels and Keuchel on April 5.

Harrell and Keuchel were battling with Jerome Williams and Brad Peacock, but they were informed they will begin the season in the bullpen. Porter thought both Harrell and Keuchel were more effective as starters than relievers last year.

“When you look at the complete body of work, Jerome has done both and when you look at Lucas and Keuchel, we had Lucas in the bullpen last year and we felt he was much better suited as a starting pitcher,” Porter said. “A guy who’s a sinkerballer, he needs to wear down a little bit.

“You look at Dallas, we just felt the time he spent in the rotation was much better than the time he spent in the bullpen. I felt Peacock has that power stuff that could play as a long reliever or in a situation where the starter gives us extended innings, he’s another option in short relief as well.”

Harrell posted a 5.98 ERA in 22 starts last year and had a 5.49 ERA in 39 1/3 innings in relief. Keuchel had a 4.90 ERA in 22 starts and a 6.75 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. Williams went 8-10 with a 5.06 ERA in 25 starts for the Angels last year and posted a 2.35 ERA in 30 2/3 innings in relief.

“Jerome was here to do whatever it is that we need to do in order to win baseball game,” Porter said. “Like I said to him, look at the number of starting pitchers we went through last year. This is where we’re at today and that could change a week from now, I don’t know.”

The Astros used 10 different starters last year.

Peacock to get ball Sunday against Twins

Right-hander Brad Peacock, who has been putting up terrific numbers at Triple-A Oklahoma City, will be recalled to make start Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Twins on Target Field.

The Astros were forced to find a starter for the series finale after Dallas Keuchel came out of the bullpen and worked 1 2/3 innings in a 13-inning loss to the Twins on Saturday. Peacock, who won’t be officially added to the roster until Sunday, is 6-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) with the RedHawks.

“He’s thrown the ball extremely well,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “That’s obviously factored into the decision-making.”

Peacock, 25, began the year in the Astros rotation and went 1-3 with an 8.44 ERA in five starts before being moved to the bullpen, where he posted a 7.04 ERA in four appearances (7 2/3 innings). Porter said it’s “definitely a possibility” that Peacock could remain in the rotation.

The Astros have had to shuffle their rotation quite a bit in recent days. Lucas Harrell started in place of Bud Norris prior to the Trade Deadline on Tuesday, and Brett Oberholtzer took Erik Bedard’s place Wednesday when he was pushed back with shoulder soreness.

The team has set its rotation for next week’s series against the Red Sox: Oberholtzer on Monday, Jordan Lyles on Tuesday and Jarred Cosart on Wednesday.

Peacock called back up from Triple-A

The Astros recalled right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock from Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Tuesday’s game against the Rockies, taking the roster spot of outfielder Robbie Grossman, who was optioned to the Minor Leagues on Monday. He’ll be in uniform for the 1:10 p.m. CT.

Peacock began the season in the Astros starting rotation, but was sent down after going 1-3 with a 9.41 ERA in six games (five starts) with Houston. He went 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA in four starts for the RedHawks, allowing 18 hits and striking out 27 batters in 21 2/3 innings.

Grossman, who was called up April 24, went 0-for-5 with a walk and three strikeouts on Monday to drop his batting average to .198 and on-base percentage to .310. He started 26 of 28 games, mostly in the lead-off spot.

“Just part of the game, part of the business,” Grossman said as he left Minute Maid Park on Monday. “If I played better it wouldn’t matter, but it is what it is.”

Grossman was acquired by the Astros in last year’s trade that sent pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates. A Houston-area native, he hit .324 with a .452 on-base percentage in 19 games for Oklahoma City before being called up.

“They said to go down there and keep playing hard,” Grossman said.

The move could open the door for Brandon Barnes, who won Monday’s game with a walk-off win in the 12th inning, to get more playing time. Center fielder Justin Maxwell, who fractured his hand last month, could return soon and will begin a rehab later this week.

Lyles, Keuchel on way to join Astros

The Astros are preparing to call up right-hander Jordan Lyles and left-hander Dallas Keuchel from Triple-A Oklahoma City, a baseball source told on Tuesday.

It’s unknown what the corresponding roster moves will be, but the Astros have yet to announce who will start Thursday’s game against the Tigers in Houston. That’s the rotation spot formerly occupied by Brad Peacock, who struggled and was moved to the bullpen.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow couldn’t be reached for comment.

Lyles, 22, was set to begin the season in the Astros starting rotation, but he was sent to Triple-A following a poor spring. He went 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA in six games (five starts) for the RedHawks, throwing a strong game Saturday in which he allowed three hits and one run in five innings.

Lyles made 25 starts for the Astros last year and was 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA.

Keuchel, 25, also began the season in Oklahoma City, but was recalled April 6 when Travis Blackley went on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. Keuchel posted a 3.38 ERA in 10 2/3 innings in four relief appearances with Houston before being sent back down on April 21 when the Astros’ bullpen was in need of a fresh arm.

Peacock moved to the bullpen

Right-hander Brad Peacock, who has struggled as a starter this year, was told Monday by manager Bo Porter he was being moved into the bullpen. The team’s starter for Thursday’s game against Detroit will be announced later. Peacock, acquired from the A’s on Feb. 4 in the Jed Lowrie trade, went 1-3 with an 8.44 ERA in 21 1/3 innings in five starts.

“It more so has to do with us an organization trying to put him in position where he could have some success,” Porter said. “We believe that he’s still a starting pitcher and you guys have witnessed it. We’ve had starters go down in the bullpen and pitch in long relief and they’ve had great success, and we’re hoping the same thing can happen with Brad Peacock.”

Porter wouldn’t say if the Astros’ starter for Thursday would come from among their long relievers — Travis Blackley, Paul Clemens or Jose Ciserno — or from Triple-A.

“Jeff [Luhnow] and I had a good conversation yesterday and we continued that conversation today and we’ll have an announcement later this week of who that starter will be,” he said.

Porter said Peacock just gets need to get some confidence.

“It’s amazing what success can do for you,” he said. “The whole plan is to try to get him down there, find some favorable match-ups and situations to put him in rather than starting the game. Hopefully, the success he’s able to have in the bullpen builds him back up where we get him back into the rotation. That is definitely the plan.”

Peacock had trouble throwing strikes, which got him in deep counts and ran his pitch count up high. The Astros want him to attack hitters more, and the bullpen will give him a chance to do that.

“When you’re a starter and you think about pacing yourself throughout a game where hitters are probably going to see you three times and you’re talking six, seven innings, the difference coming out of the bullpen is basically you come in and say to yourself, ‘This guy’s going to see me one time,'” Porter said. “The mentality of attack is a little bit different coming out of the bullpen.

“When you look at Peacock in the games in which he started, there were a lot of deep counts. From a mental standpoint, one of the things I’m hoping comes out of the bullpen [move] is more of an attack-mode and once he’s in the rotation it carries over.”

Peacock ends spring with strong outing

Now that he has all the information, Bo Porter must decide between Brad Peacock or Alex White for the fourth slot in the Astros rotation.

Peacock strengthened his case Tuesday night by allowing one run and two hits in five innings against the Yankees. Here’s how each has done this spring:

Peacock: 19 2/3 innings, 16 hits, 7 earned runs (3.20 ERA)

White: 19 2/3 innings, 33 hits, 15 earned runs (6.86 ERA)

The pitcher that doesn’t make the rotation will pitch out of the bullpen.

“I went in there and wanted to throw strikes and keep the ball down and let the defense do the work, and they played great behind me today,” said Peacock, who threw 71 pitches. “That’s what I wanted to do.”

Porter was in no hurry to anoint a fourth starter on Tuesday.

“The good news is we have until Saturday to make a decision because that fourth starter doesn’t go until [April 5 against Oakland],” he said. “It’s something that we’ll sit down and talk about and make a decision.”

The rest of the rotation is set with Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell, Philip Humber and Erik Bedard, who’s been appointed the fifth starter.

Peacock had good fastball command at Steinbrenner Field and wished for better secondary stuff, though Porter was happy he threw a pair of sliders to left-handers. For Peacock, who had a rough 2012 at Triple-A Sacramento, it’s about confidence.

“In the dugout, I visualize what’s going to happen, what hitters are coming up,” he said. “I just want to throw that pitch, what I see in my head. That’s what I do.”

Peacock and White have developed a close relationship over the past few weeks and are cut from the same cloth – soft-spoken southern who just want to help the Astros win.

“I don’t care where I’m at,” Peacock said. “I real excited I made the team, and hopefully I can take advantage of the opportunity.”

White pleased with first spring with Astros

Astros pitcher Alex White didn’t have the kind of spring that made anyone’s eyes pop out, and his results — a 6.87 ERA in 19 2/3 innings — weren’t great, but overall White is satisfied with being able to get his pitch count up and put himself in position to win a rotation spot.

He says he’s where he wants to be with all five pitches, though his change-up was a little iffy in his five-inning out Monday against Washington.

“Spring, for me, has always been tough, just trying to get ready for the season, especially this year competing for a job,” White said. “It’s been a good spring for me. I feel really good coming out of it and I’m just excited about the season.”

White threw a spring-high 84 pitches against the Nats.

“I wanted to get my pitch count up, obviously, and treat it like a real start,” White said. “I had good stuff and a real good sinker, real good split tonight. I got a lot of ground balls and gave up a few hits and a few runs.”

White will make the Astros’ Opening Day roster, but it remains to be seen whether he’s in the bullpen or the rotation. White and Brad Peacock are battling for the fourth spot in the rotation, and whoever doesn’t win it will begin the year as a long man in the bullpen.

“Me and Brad have gotten pretty close and we talk about it a lot,” White said. “We just want to help this team win and both of us will do either job pretty well, I think, and we’re comfortable in both spots and we’re excited about the opportunities.”

Peacock will get his turn on Tuesday night against the Yankees in a game that will be televised by MLB Network at 6:05 p.m. CT.

“I think we’ll sit down as a staff and talk about both guys and figure out what’s the best thing to do after Peacock starts tomorrow night,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “They’ve both have done a tremendous job and that’s why they were both informed today that they both had made the ballclub. I don’t think we can make a wrong decisions because they both have done a tremendous job.”

When asked about White’s so-so spring numbers, Porter said: “I’m extremely pleased. You look at the fact his groundball ratio is where we expected it to be, he’s pounding the strike zone, he’s getting himself built up to the point that even when he’s gotten into jams, he’s been able to make quality pitches to get out of the jams. We’re pleased with Alex and we expected him to have a big year.”