Results tagged ‘ Erik Bedard ’
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.
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.
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)
|Michael Saunders (L)||RF||
|Kendrys Morales (S)||DH||
|Jason Castro (L)||C|
|Justin Smoak (S)||1B||
|Carlos Peña (L)||DH|
|Dustin Ackley (L)||2B||
|Brett Wallace (L)||1B|
|Marwin Gonzalez (S)||SS|
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.
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
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
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.