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Astros keeping 20-year-old rookie Jordan Lyles in rotation

Jun 13, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Wandy Rodriguez returning from the disabled list today was initially expected to bump rookie Jordan Lyles from the Astros’ rotation and back to the minors, but now Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the 20-year-old right-hander will stick around.

Lyles is no longer being viewed as a fill-in starter, as the Astros will instead move Rule 5 pick Aneury Rodriguez to the bullpen and option Jeff Fulchino to Triple-A to make room for Rodriguez’s return.

Lyles followed up an impressive debut with a rough second start, but the 2008 first-round pick bounced back to throw 6.1 innings of two-run ball against the Braves on Saturday. His next start will be Thursday against the Pirates.

  1. jeremytamu - Jun 13, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    this brings happiness to my heart.

  2. jeffa43 - Jun 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    As an Astro fan… you reach for any good news you can get. It will be a long road for the current Stros to regain a decent status, and this is good news for those of us fans who continue to watch daily.

    As an Astros fan, we do not expect to win. We enjoy watching the young ones develop…. and will have to settle for this for a couple/few years to come.

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