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Sunday, August 07, 2011
The Astros on Saturday optioned lefthander J.A. Happ to Class AAA Oklahoma City and placed righthanded reliever Enerio Del Rosario (shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list. To fill those roster spots, the Astros recalled righthanded reliever Jeff Fulchino and lefthanded reliever Wesley Wright from Oklahoma City.
Happ is 4-14 with a National League-high 6.26 ERA in 22 starts. In an 8-1 loss to Milwaukee on Friday, Happ became the first pitcher in franchise history to allow five or more runs in eight consecutive starts.
“It’s not an easy decision,” Wade said. “We wanted to figure out the best way to get him back on track. And I think it truly is a case of back on track. This is not placing your hope and faith on a guy who has only done it at a level below where we are right now.”
Heading into this season, Happ was 19-9 with a 3.27 ERA in the majors. The Astros are 4-18 in Happ’s starts this season. He has the highest walk rate (4.8 per nine innings) of any of the NL ERA qualifiers.
Posted: August 07, 2011 at 01:44 AM | 12 comment(s)
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