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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 MLB.com 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.”

 

Peacock, Barnes make the club; Laird reassigned

Astros pitcher Brad Peacock was smiling ear-to-ear Monday afternoon after being informed by manager Bo Porter, pitching coach Doug Brocail and members of the front office he had made the 25-man roster.

Peacock and outfielder Brandon Barnes were among the players told they had made the club. Infielder Brandon Laird was told he was being reassigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Peacock, 25, will be on an Opening Day roster for the first time in his career after spending all of last season at Triple-A Sacramento in the Oakland organization. He made his Major League debut with Washington late in the 2011 season and was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in three games.

“I’m excited and hopefully I can take advantage of his opportunity,” Peacock said. “What I went through last year — I came into camp not even knowing if I had a chance — I proved myself and hopefully I can keep it going.”

Peacock, who was one of three players acquired by the Astros last month from Oakland in the Jed Lowrie trade, didn’t say if he was destined for the rotation or the bullpen. He was 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA in 28 games (25 starts) at Sacramento last year, including 6-3 with a 4.14 ERA after the All-Star break.

Laird didn’t make the club despite a terrific spring in which he hit five homers and had 12 RBIs. He fell victim to a numbers game in the infield and the fact the Astros wanted to carry five outfielders.

“I felt like I did everything I could in spring to make the team and it’s their decision,” he said. “I have to go to Triple-A and continue to play and I’ll be up there shortly. They basically said it was between me and Barnes and they wanted someone who could come in late in the game and play defense in the outfield. So, I’ll continue to go down and work and be back up shortly.”

Peacock more than happy to change his route

Go west young man? Not so fast, Brad Peacock.

Peacock, one of three players the Astros acquired in a five-player trade on Monday, was in the middle of a cross-country drive from his home in West Palm Beach, Fla., to Oakland’s Spring Training facility in Phoenix when he was forced to do a 180-degree turn somewhere in Mississippi.

While he was driving, the right-handed pitcher took a phone call that informed him he had been traded to the Astros, whose spring camp is in Kissimmee, Fla.

“I got a call and had to turn around,” he told MLB.com. “I’m excited.”

Peacock’s goal Monday night was to spend the night in Orlando with some family members and head to Kissimmee – on Orlando’s southern fringes – in the morning. He’s going to a new team with a fresh start — a change of direction, if you will.

Going to a young team that’s full of opportunity had Peacock the most excited as he made his way back through Tallahassee on Monday night.

“Oh definitely, for sure, man,” he said. “I hope I can bounce back from last year and prove myself to somebody. I had kind of rough one last year. I’ve been working hard this off-season and hopefully it all pays off.”

Peacock will compete for a spot in the starting rotation with the Astros this spring. He was 12-9 with a 6.01 ERA in 28 appearances, including 25 starts, last year at Triple-A Sacramento with 139 strikeouts in 134 2/3 innings. He pitched in three games for the Nationals in 2011, going 2-0, before he was deal to the A’s as part of the multiplayer deal that sent left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez to Washington.

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