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Bedard set to rejoin Astros rotation

Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard will rejoin the Astros rotation when he starts Monday’s series opener against the Reds at Minute Maid Park.

Bedard’s last four appearances have come in relief after being in the rotation for most of the year. Bedard is 4-10 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 games, including 3-9 with a 4.65 ERA in 23 starts. He hasn’t started since Aug. 21 at Texas.

“It’s going to be fun,” he said. “Just to get back in the rotation and do what I’ve done the last 10 years is fun. Hopefully it ends up on a high note.”

The Astros have been implementing a six-man rotation for more than a month, but they shut down rookie Jarred Cosart following his start Monday and will plug Bedard into his spot.

The move is significant for Bedard because he’s set to receive a $250,000 incentive bonus with his next start. He’ll have three starts remaining, falling one start short of another $250,000 bonus.

At 34 years old, Bedard hopes to put himself in position to play once again next year.

“It’s going to be another free agent year and you just do the best you and try to have some eyes on you and hopefully somebody wants you on their team,” he said. “My arm feels good and physically I feel really good. So as long as you’re doing good physically and you can still put some decent numbers up there, you have a chance to get another job.”

 

Bedard unhappy with move to bullpen

Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard, who’s been one of the Astros’ most consistent starting pitchers, has been moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season. Manager Bo Porter said Saturday the club wants to use his spot in the rotation to get a look at a younger arm.

Bedard, 34, signed a Minor League deal with the Astros and won an Opening Day spot, though he briefly began the year in the bullpen before moving to the rotation. He’s 3-9 with a 4.48 ERA in 25 games this year, including 23 starts. He wasn’t happy with the decision.

“I’m very surprised,” he said. “I don’t even know what to say.”

Bedard was asked what the Astros told him.

“They said they looked at my last two years and my innings total was around where I’m at right now, and they said if I keep pitching I’ll be about 40 over, and I said, ‘Yeah, that’s the point,’” he said. “That’s it. I’d rather stay in the rotation.”

The Astros will continue to employ a six-man rotation and will announce which player is going into the rotation in the next few days (Lucas Harrell will remain in the bullpen). One of the candidates is rookie David Martinez, who won 14 games between Triple-A and Double-A before being called up Wednesday.

“We’re at the point in the year, we only have one lefty down there and we want to take a look at these young guys and give them some extended innings in a starting role to better evaluate them as we head into the offseason,” Porter said.

Brett Oberholtzer is scheduled to start Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, and Jarred Cosart will start Tuesday or Wednesday.

Bedard scratched from Wednesday start

The Astros scratched left-hander Erik Bedard from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Orioles and will instead send rookie lefty Brett Oberholtzer to the mound.

Bedard, who’s on the trading block, hasn’t yet been dealt, though it remains a possibility. On Tuesday, the Astros scratched right-handed Bud Norris from his scheduled outing against the Orioles while working on possible trades.

As of 1 p.m. CT – two hours before the Trade Deadline – Norris had not been traded.

Sources told MLB.com on Tuesday three teams were hard after Norris, including the Orioles, who are in contention in the American League East.

Bedard would have made his third start in Baltimore since he left the Orioles after 2007. He went 0-5 in five starts in July, but posted a respectable 3.86 ERA in that span. He’s pitched at least five innings in eight straight starts.

Keuchel, Bedard to rotation; Humber to bullpen

Astros manager Bo Porter said Wednesday left-hander Dallas Keuchel will start Friday’s series opener against the Rangers, with fellow southpaw Erik Bedard moving back into the rotation to throw Saturday’s game. Meanwhile, struggling right-hander Philip Humber has been moved to the bullpen.

“We’re just trying to go with the guys that give us the best opportunity at this time,” Porter said.

Keuchel is 0-1 with a 4.96 ERA in six relief appearances, so Friday will mark his first start of 2013. He made 16 starts for the Astros last year and was 3-8 with a 5.27 ERA, including a complete-game win over Cleveland on June 23.

“One of the things you look at, the Rangers’ lineup it’s left-handed dominant and they have some left-handed guys in their lineup, and we felt like if we can get both of our lefties matched up against them it would put us in good position,” Porter said. “Dallas has done a tremendous job out of the bullpen and he’s given us length every time he’s come into the game, and we’re going to give him an opportunity to get into the rotation.”

Bedard made five starts before being moved to the bullpen and now finds himself back in the rotation. He’s 0-2 with a 9.98 ERA as a starter this year, but in two relief appearances has allowed three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings.

“The competition we have for these spots is a fluid situation and it wasn’t a competition that was going to end in Spring Training,” Porter said. “I made that perfectly clear to the guys then. Obviously, moves like this kind of reiterate that to them and we’re going to try to go with the hot hand and go with the guys that give us the best opportunity to win ballgames.”

Humber got off to a nice start for Houston and had a 2.89 ERA in three starts, but he was 0-3 after the Astros didn’t score any runs in any of those starts. But he’s 0-4 with a 16.20 ERA in four starts since.

“I talked to Humber and told him the same thing we told Bedard when we sent him down there,” Porter said. “I said, ‘It’s going to be a situation  you are built up and you’ve seen the long guys go down there and have success, like Keuchel, and end up back in the rotation.’ Bedard went down to the bullpen and did a tremendous job last time out and he’s going into the rotation. It’s a fluid situation we will continue to monitor and this competition will continue to go on.”

Bedard will pitch at Pittsburgh the following weekend, Porter said.

Bedard out of Astros rotation

For the second time in less than a week, the Astros made a change in their starting pitching rotation when manager Bo Porter announced Sunday left-hander Erik Bedard would be working out of the bullpen for an indefinite period.

Last week, right-hander Brad Peacock was moved out of the rotation and later sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Bedard is 0-2 with an 8.20 ERA in six games for the Astros this year, but has a 9.98 ERA in five starts. He threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in an Opening Night win over the Rangers before making five starts, four of which the Astros have lost.

“I talked to Erik about it, and he took it well,” Porter said. “He understood the decision, and like I said to him, he’s not a guy that I’ll get up and sit back down. When he gets up [in the bullpen], I’m going to get him up and get him in the game. I understand where he’s at his in his career, but I do believe that he can really help us in a multitude of roles.

“His strikeouts are up and he’s a guy you can bring in if you find a pocket with some lefties that it may be the back end of a game situation, or it may be a long situation where we have a lead going into the sixth inning, kind of like we did Opening Day, and can set up the closer.”

The Astros will take advantage of Monday’s off today to keep Jordan Lyles (Tuesday), Bud Norris (Wednesday) and Lucas Harrell (Thursday) or four days of rest, and Porter said he’ll announce a starter for Friday’s game against the Rangers later in the week.

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel or right-handers Paul Clemens or Jose Cisnero – all of whom are in long relief roles in the bullpen – could make the start, but Porter didn’t rule out making a move. Top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart is scheduled to start Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but the Astros don’t seem in a rush to promote him. Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer is scheduled to throw Friday for the RedHawks.

Astros try to snap 6-game streak against Mariners

The Astros will send former Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard to the mound tonight at 9:10 p.m. CT to try to break their six-game losing streak. Seattle starts right-hander Brandon Maurer. Here’s manager Bo Porter’s lineup, which includes the return of J.D. Martinez. He started in left field Monday but was pulled in the seventh inning by Porter for what Martinez called a “mental error.”

Seattle Mariners (4-4)

 

Houston Astros (1-6)

No.

Player Pos.  

No.

Player Pos.

21

Franklin Gutierrez CF  

27

Jose Altuve 2B

55

Michael Saunders (L) RF  

44

Justin Maxwell CF

8

Kendrys Morales (S) DH  

15

Jason Castro (L) C

38

Michael Morse LF  

23

Chris Carter LF

17

Justin Smoak (S) 1B  

12

Carlos Peña (L) DH

63

Jesus Montero C  

14

J.D. Martinez RF

13

Dustin Ackley (L) 2B  

29

Brett Wallace (L) 1B

3

Robert Andino 3B  

30

Matt Dominguez 3B

26

Brendan Ryan SS  

9

Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS

Starting Pitcher

Starting Pitcher

37

Brandon Maurer RHP  

45

Erik Bedard LHP

 

News and notes:

  • Astros starters have performed well this season and have limited the competition to three earned runs or fewer in six of the club’s seven games. RHP Philip Humber leads the staff in inning pitched (11 2/3) and ERA (3.09), RHP Bud Norris leads the club in strikeouts (nine), while RHP Brad Peacock has allowed just a .188 opponent’s batting average this season.
  • Astros starting pitchers have received a win or a loss in all seven games this season. The last time Astros starters received a decision in at least the club’s first seven games of a season was in 1989, when Mike Scott, Bob Knepper, Jim Deshaies, Rick Rhoden and Jim Clancy each received a decision in the first eight games of that season.

Bedard throws off the mound

Erik Bedard throws on Friday

Erik Bedard throws on Friday

Astros left-hander Erik Bedard, who’s been limited to two innings this spring because of a right glute sprain, threw about 10 or 12 pitches off the mound Friday morning under the supervision of pitching coach Doug Brocail and assistant athletic trainer Rex Jones.

“That was just to see if it feels good, and it feels good so tomorrow I’ll throw a regular bullpen,” Bedard said. “If goes well, the next step is probably a game.”

Bedard admitted he’s getting antsy to get on the mound, especially considering he’s trying to make a new team and impress a new set of eyes.

“When you come to new team you always want to make a good impression and be out there with the guys and throw when your turn is up,” he said. “I missed my turn one time, so I’ll try to get on the mound as quick as I can.”

Bedard, 34, is in camp as a non-roster invitee. He went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts last year for the Pirates and was their Opening Day starter. He has a 63-64 career record with a 3.85 ERA in 192 games (189 starts) in stints with Baltimore, Seattle, Boston and Pittsburgh.

In other news

  • RHP Lucas Harrell (groin strain) has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against the Phillies in Kissimmee. RHP Brad Peacock will take his place. Harrell’s injury isn’t considered serious.

Astros lineup Friday vs. Braves:

RF Brandon Barnes

2B Jose Altuve

LF Chris Carter

CF Justin Maxwell

1B Nate Freiman

DH George Springer

3B Matt Dominguez

SS Marwin Gonzalez

C Chris Wallace

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P Jordan Lyles. Also scheduled to pitch: John Ely, Ross Seaton, Hector Ambriz and Wesley Wright.

Split-squad Braves lineup for Friday:

RF Jordan Schafer

CF Reed Johnson

1B Freddie Freeman

2B Dan Uggla

3B Chris Johnson

LF Evan Gattis

DH Joey Terdoslavich

SS Tyler Pastornicky

C Matt Pagnozzi

LHP Sean Gilmartin

Porter visits with veterans about leadership

Astros manager Bo Porter met with a group of players prior to Wednesday morning’s workout that he wants to take a leadership role on the club this spring. The meeting, which Porter dubbed “Astros Talk,” included Jason Castro, Carlos Corporan, Jason Jaramillo, Erik Bedard, Bud Norris, Philip Humber, Lucas Harrell, Wesley Wright, Jose Veras and Edgar Gonzalez.

“We talked about leadership, and there’s a reason why I picked those guys,” he said. “Some of those guys have been on other teams where obviously it hasn’t been the situation we have here where we have a lot of young guys, and a lot of times these guys have been on teams and they have been the young guys.

“They now find themselves in a situation they become the older spokesmen. Like I said to them, I want to make sure we’re all on one sheet of music and we understand what leadership is all about and how you can effectively lead. If they had any questions, I wanted to be available for them to answer those questions to make sure we’re on one accord.”

Most baseball names don’t have a captain as in some other sports. The Yankees are one team that has traditionally identified a singular captain. Porter doesn’t plan to do that in Houston. Instead, he’s giving the responsibility of leader the younger players to those with the most service time.

“I explained to them, we’re not looking for one leader,” Porter said. “We’re looking for a group of leaders, because I’m a firm believer that leaders have to exist in every area, every level of the organization if you want the organization to continue to grow and continue to thrive. And the leaders have to develop the next wave of leaders. We’re not looking for one; we’re looking for a group.”

The first injury of camp was reported Wednesday morning when catcher Max Stassi, acquired in last week’s trade with Oakland, was diagnosed with a strained oblique. He will be held out of drills Wednesday.

“We’re going to pull him back a little bit as far as his workload goes,” Porter said. “He kind of tweaked his oblique a little bit.”

Here are a couple of quick morning photos:

Third base coach Dave Trembley is always smiling as he is here talking with Dave Clark and Dennis Martinez.

Third base coach Dave Trembley is always upbeat as he is here talking with Eduardo Perez and Dennis Martinez.

Bud Norris stretches prior to workout.

Bud Norris stretches prior to workout.

Astros add lefty Bedard to rotation mix

The Astros took a flier on another reclamation project Monday, signing veteran left-handed Erik Bedard to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Houston signed outfielder Rick Ankiel last week.

Bedard, 33, made 24 starts for the Pirates last year went 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA, allowing 129 hits in 125 2/3 innings. In his nine-year Major League career, he’s 63-64 with a 3.85 ERA with the Orioles, Mariners, Pirates and Red Sox.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Bedard is likely to take a spot in the Houston rotation this year behind right-handers Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Jordan Lyles. He started on Opening Day for the Pirates last year.

“When you have a lot of right-handers in the mix and to have a left-hander with his type of Major League experience and success and track record, it can only help us,” Luhnow said. “He’s got a strong chance to be in our rotation all year long, and we’re hoping that’s the Erik Bedard that’s had tremendous success already in his big league career.”

Bedard was one of the most effective left-handed starters in the American League from 2006-09, ranking third in winning percentage with a 39-23 (.629) record and second in ERA (3.40) among lefties in that span before being slowed by injuries. He was 13-5 for Baltimore in 2007.

“It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see him as a very, very effective Major League starter,” Luhnow said. “He’s been very, very effective throughout most of his career and has had challenges with injuries, but he’s still young and has a lot of ambition left in the game.”

Among those also battling for rotation spots this spring are right-handers Philip Humber, Alex White, John Ely and Jarred Cosart and left-handers Dallas Keuchel. Lefties Brett Oberholtzer and Rudy Owens will also be in camp, but they’re likely to start in the Minor Leagues.

“We’re going to take the best five starters, regardless of handedness,” Luhnow said.

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