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Sunday, May 20, 2012

And the Astros' Next #5 Starter Will Be?

With Jordan Lyles reportedly to be optioned back to Oklahoma City tomorrow, the Astros will be in the market for another fifth starter in a week.  The club will need that fifth starter when they play a double-header at Colorado on May 28.  Assuming Kyle Weiland will still be out of commission at that point, two pitchers appear to be in the running to make the trip to Denver.
Paul Clemens- His next scheduled start for the RedHawks is May 22 at Colorado Springs.  In his two most recent starts for OKC, Clemens has pitched 12 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and five earned runs, while striking out two.  His season ERA in AAA is 5.67.
Aneury Rodriguez- His next scheduled start for the RedHawks is May 23 at Colorado Springs.  In his two most recent starts for OKC, Rodriguez has pitched 9 2/3 innings, allowing 13 hits and 5 runs, while striking out two.  Rodriguez has made one big league start this season.  He pitched six innings, allowing two hits and two runs in that six inning stint.   Rodriguez's AAA ERA in 2012 is 4.89.

NOTE:  I have been asked the question if it is worth wasting an option on Paul Clemens by bringing him up to pitch in the Majors when he is not ready for it.  This is a good question that forced me to double check on the rules about options.  Thanks to Baseball America's Matt Eddy for clarifying that since Clemens is on the 40-man roster, the Astros used up their option on him as soon as they optioned him to OKC near the end of Spring Training two months ago.  In most cases, a player has three option seasons where he can be called up to the Majors and sent to the minors without being exposed to other organizations. 

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