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Armando Galarraga is back in the majors

Jul 27, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

Armando Galarraga has struggled since forever being linked with umpire Jim Joyce during his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010, spending most of last season and all of this season at Triple-A.

But now he’s headed back to the big leagues, as the Astros announced that they’ll call up Galarraga to start Saturday against the Pirates. He’s stepping into Wandy Rodriguez‘s rotation spot and in an odd little twist of fate he’ll be facing Rodriguez, in Houston.

Galarraga last started in the majors for the Diamondbacks on May 16, 2011 and had a 4.12 ERA and 31/18 K/BB ratio in 44 innings at Triple-A before the call-up, so this is more about the Astros’ lack of MLB-caliber pitching depth than any kind of promising comeback story.

  1. El Bravo - Jul 27, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Wow. The Astros keep getting to new lows. Impressive. Don’t worry Houston, you’ll be much more competitive in the AL next season….

    • dcfan4life - Jul 27, 2012 at 7:58 PM

      Ya know, they will be more competitive in the AL. Far less dominant pitching. But by more competitive r we saying they win 5 more games? Cuz i wasnt saying they will really be competitive at all, but a little better in the AL.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    I hope this kid miraculously finds the “something” he’s missing that’ll lead to success for him. IMO, he deserves it.

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