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Astros send 20-year-old Jordan Lyles back to Triple-A

Aug 21, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

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From Brian McTaggart of MLB.com comes word that the Astros have optioned young right-hander Jordan Lyles to Triple-A Oklahoma City, effectively ending his first season as a major league starter.

Lyles will return to the big leagues when rosters expand on the first of September, but only as a long man out of the bullpen. It’s doubtful he’ll be used more than three or four times down the stretch.

A supplemental first-round pick back in 2008, the 20-year-old earned a promotion to Houston after registering a 3.20 ERA and 41/16 K/BB ratio in 59 innings at the Triple-A level. He posted a 5.02 ERA, 61/23 K/BB ratio and 1.38 WHIP in his first 89 2/3 major league innings.

Lyles doesn’t turn 21 years old until mid-October, and should have a bright future if he continues developing.

  1. Louie Schuth - Aug 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    It must be because they don’t like Ryan Howard.

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