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Astros move Erik Bedard to the bullpen

May 5, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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Veteran left-hander Erik Bedard will not be taking another turn in the Astros’ starting rotation.

According to beat writer Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros have demoted Bedard to the bullpen and will name a new starting pitcher later this week. Bedard had allowed 24 hits, 12 walks and 17 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings of work this season for an 8.20 ERA and 1.93 WHIP. He didn’t make it beyond the fourth inning in any of his five starts.

The 34-year-old southpaw signed a minor league contract with Houston in late January. If he can’t get himself right in the bullpen, the next step will probably have to be an outright release.

  1. Stiller43 - May 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Thats about right

  2. scoobies05 - May 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    i feel bad for the other guys in the bullpen

  3. tuberippin - May 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    And somehow Phil Humber remains in the rotation even after Bedard and Peacock are moved to the bullpen. Talk about a stroke of luck.

    • rbj1 - May 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      Phil Humber is about to be tagged with his 7th consecutive loss to start the season. Verlander with a 7 run lead in the second inning? That’s in the bag.

      • flamethrower101 - May 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        They have not been able to touch Verlander. Literally.

  4. rbj1 - May 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Miggy just made a great play to start the bottom of the fifth. Dives to his left and makes the throw while sitting down. Still gets the guy by a step.

  5. kelshannon19 - May 5, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Humber BETTER be next. He is just god awful. Horrible. Disgusting. Get out of MLB! As an Astros fan, it’s painful to watch the team go out and struggle so much so often and it’s with guys like Humber and Bedard. If they are going to lose, at least let the kids play and fail at MLB level. If they can’t handle failure then they shouldn’t be a big leaguer in the first place. Let the damn kids play please.

    • stex52 - May 6, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      It’s tough, kel. But a lot of the kids just flat aren’t ready for the big time. You can’t afford to wreck their development or this goes on forever. Management created this when they decided you can kill the rats by burning down the barn. Now we have a team that can’t compete at the MLB level and no decent options. That is why other teams take it more slowly. You have to survive the transition with some kind of fan base.

      Just buckle up the seat belt. It’ll be heavy turbulence for a while.

  6. oriolesvsravens - May 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Thanks Seattle!

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