Pitchers in the Astros' farm system with experience as starters should get their resume ready.
According to the Astros' website, the club is keeping its lips sealed about the replacement for Jordan Lyles, who has been sent to Oklahoma City in an arm-saving move. Lyles' turn in the rotation would have been on Thursday, the first game of the San Francisco series.
Friday would be Henry Sosa's turn to make his fourth big league start. However, as of this morning, Friday's probable starter is still listed as TBA. Added to this rotation uncertainty is the possibility of Brett Myers and/or Wandy Rodriguez being moved from the roster in a trade in the near future.
For those of you who care to speculate about the starting rotation possibilities, here's a rundown of the latest starts for six starters and two relievers in the organization. (Please note: Clemens, Cossart, and Van Hekken are not on the 40-man roster at this time.)
J.A. Happ, LHP, Oklahoma City
Last Pitched: Sunday- 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R
In three starts for the RedHawks, Happ has a 1.50 ERA.
Aneury Rodriguez, RHP, Houston
Last Pitched: Monday- 2 1/3 IP in relief
The Rule 5 acquisition has made eight starts in the big leagues this season.
Henry Sosa, RHP, Houston
Last Pitched: Sunday- 5 IP vs. San Francisco
Sosa has made three starts for the Astros with a 6.35 ERA.
Lucas Harrell, RHP, Oklahoma City
Last Pitched: Monday- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R
Harrell has a 2.03 ERA in eight starts for the RedHawks.
Andy Van Hekken, LHP, Oklahoma City
Last Pitched: Thursday- 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R
Van Hekken and the 2nd best ERA in the PCL (3.08) are scheduled to start this afternoon in Iowa.
Paul Clemens, RHP, Corpus Christi
Last Pitched: Sunday- 6 IP, 3 R
In four starts for the Hooks, Clemens, acquired in the Michael Bourn trade, has a 1.05 ERA.
Jarred Cossart, RHP, Corpus Christi
Last Pitched: Friday- 6 IP, 1 H, O R
Cossart, who was part of the Hunter Pence trade, has a 3.38 in four Texas League starts.
Wesley Wright, LHP, Houston.
Last Pitched: 1 IP on Sunday
Wright is currently in the Astros' bullpen; however, he made three starts in Oklahoma City this season.