Spring Training is designed to help Major League players ease back into the game. It also givens upcoming and recovering players to make major league rosters. On the other end of the spectrum, players that don't make the cut with the Major League club must be cut.
That is the case at Houston Astros camp, the team has sent down pitcher Brad Peacock to minor league camp on Wednesday. Peacock is recovering from hip surgery and back issues from last season. He posted a 0-1 record with a 6.23 ERA in four appearances this spring (two starts) in 8 2/3 innings.
In 2015, Peacock made one start for the Astros on April 14, allowing three runs over five inning against Oakland before being sidelined again.
Peacock's departure further refines the pitching rotation for the Astros including Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Scott Feldman and Doug Fister. The question is will the final spot be filled by Mike Fiers or a dark horse like Wandy Rodriguez.
Peacock joins a list of moves that sent Andrew Aplin, Nolan Fontana, Tony Kemp and Asher Wojciechowski to minor league camp this week. Aplin, Fontana and Wojciechowski were optioned and Keep was reassigned to Minor League to be specific.