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McHugh to remain in Astros rotation

With veteran right-hander Scott Feldman set to come off the disabled list Friday and start against the Orioles, it’s still unclear who’s coming out of the starting rotation to make room for him.

What is known is that right-hander Collin McHugh, who made three starts in place of Feldman, will remain in the rotation and make his fourth start Saturday against the Orioles in Baltimore. Jarred Cosart will start Sunday’s series finale at Camden Yards.

Astros manager Bo Porter said the club will make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday’s game to open up a roster spot for Feldman, who will make his first start since April 17. It appears either Dallas Keuchel, Brad Peacock or Brett Oberholtzer will be removed from rotation.

McHugh was dazzling in his first two starts in place of Feldman. He struck out 12 batters in 6 2/3 innings April 22 at Seattle and held the A’s to one run and two hits in 8 2/3 innings April 27. He struggled a little bit in his previous outing Sunday against Seattle, allowing five earned runs and eight hits in four innings.

“He threw the ball well,” Porter said. “Even in the last start against Seattle, I felt like he battled. He still had his secondary stuff. It wasn’t as sharp as it was the first two times out, but you look at the body of work in the three starts, and I feel he deserves an opportunity.”

Owens among five cut by Astros on Sunday

The Astros trimmed their Spring Training roster by five players Sunday, optioning left-hander pitcher Rudy Owens and right-handers Jose Cisnero, Collin McHugh and Chia-Jen Lo and reassigning catcher Tyler Heineman to Minor League camp.

None of the cuts, which leave the Astros with 46 players remaining in camp, come as a surprise. Lo, who appeared in 19 games for the Astros last season, was competing for one of the spots in the bullpen and appeared in four games this spring, allowing one earned run in 3 1/3 innings.

Owens, coming off a foot injury that cost him nearly the entire 2013 season, was a long shot to make the rotation and will likely be in the rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He appeared in three games this spring, making two starts, and was 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA.

Acquired from the Pirates in the Wandy Rodriguez deal in 2012, Owens missed most of last season because of a stress fracture in his left foot. He made merely four appearances, three starts, producing an 0-3 record and 3.71 ERA in 17 innings. He pitched in the Dominican Winter League, producing a 3-2 record and 2.68 ERA in 10 starts and 53 2/3 innings.

McHugh, claimed off waivers in December, appeared in three games this spring and allowed 12 hits and nine earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. He split last season between the Mets and Rockies and the Minor Leagues of both organizations.

Cisnero went 2-2 with a 4.12 ERA in 28 games in his Major League debut last year. He pitched in three games in Grapefruit League play, allowing three hits and one earned run in 2 1/3 innings. Heineman spent all of last season at Class A Lancaster, hitting .286 with 13 homers and 71 RBIs.

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