The Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich tweeted out an interesting factoid this morning -
Paul Clemens Is here. Brett Oberholtzer is not.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 1, 2014
Then came the news -
Oberholtzer optioned for Clemens straight up. There's your rotation change. Oberholtzer was called into office late last night.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 1, 2014
Brett Oberholtzer was called up when Brad Peacock was strached from his start on May 24 with forearm soreness. Obe' pitched six inning and gave up two earned runs against the Mariners in Peacock's place.
The Astros moved to a six-man rotation when Peacock returned. Peacock and Oberholtzer each made a start in the six-man rotation. Peacock pitched six innings, allowing one run, and striking out six against the Orioles on Thursday. Oberholtzer started a day later, he pitched seven inning of one run baseball - striking out one.
Now, Oberholtzer has been sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City for Paul Clemens. The Astros want to keep Oberholtzer starting, and at the moment they appear to believe they have five better starters then the lefy.
Clemens has made two apperances, including one start, since May 21 - he gave up four hits, zero runs, six strikeouts, and two walks over seven innings.
As previously noted, Clemens is already with the Astros and hasn't pitched since May 26. I would supsect 'Pinky' may get the first call out of the pen today.