The Astros sent out another numerically-themed press release regarding roster moves today, cushioning another demotion to the minors. Houston GM Jeff Luhnow announced that five pitchers will be making their debuts on an Opening Day big league roster this season. Those names are:
Rhiner Cruz, RHP
Lucas Harrell, RHP
David Carpenter, RHP
Fernando Rodriguez, RHP
Kyle Weiland, RHP
They also announced Jordan Lyles will be heading to Triple-A Oklahoma City. I guess that means the rotation has been set, with Weiland and Harrell winning jobs in the starting rotation. It's not an altogether unexpected move for Lyles, since he struggled in his most recent spring training start and has given up a ton of hits while not really striking many guys out.
Also interesting is that both Rule 5 picks have made the Opening Day roster, even though Luhnow said that was pretty unlikely just a few weeks ago.
Who does this spell trouble for in the race for the final few spots? All we really have left is the lefty out the bullpen, right? I guess this also means Henry Sosa is either headed for the waiver wire or will be traded soon. Any surprises for you with these moves?