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Astros sign right-hander Armando Galarraga to minor league contract

May 21, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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Nearly two years after he was almost perfect against the Indians, Armando Galarraga has signed a minor league contract with the Astros.

Galarraga owns a 4.69 ERA over 86 starts and nine relief appearances in the major leagues. The 30-year-old right-hander has a 5.10 ERA in 29 games since first base umpire Jim Joyce infamously blew his chance at history by missing a call on the would-be 27th out on June 2, 2010. He signed a minor league deal with the Orioles over the winter after spending last season in the Diamondbacks’ organization, but failed to make the team out of spring training.

Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Galarraga will throw a couple of bullpen sessions at the team’s complex in Kissimmee, Florida before joining the starting rotation with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The back-end of the Astros’ rotation has been problematic recently, so he has a chance of finding his way back to the big leagues this season. But we’ll probably always remember him for what could have been.

  1. stex52 - May 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Probably just a needed move for pitching depth. The young pitchers have been steady. But innings are mounting up.

  2. jkaflagg - May 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    In addition to the Kyle Weiland injury, the Astros also sold AAA starter Henry Sosa to the Korean League; and since the starters in AA have been spotty, they are mostly looking for an inning eater at OKC……however, if he has success Houston is a good place to get another shot at the bigs…..good luck to him.

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