Brett Oberholtzer made only one start over the first two months of the 2015 season due to a recurring blister. When he finally settled in as part of the Astros' rotation, the control artist was unusually prone to wildness. He spent nearly all of the final three months of the season in Triple-A, where he rediscovered the strike zone but did nothing to help Fantasy owners. Dealt to the Phillies this offseason, Oberholtzer will try to crack the Philadelphia rotation. If he succeeds, he will have value for owners in NL-only leagues.
Oberholtzer will compete for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation this spring, the team's official site reports. Oberholtzer came over to the Phillies as part of the Ken Giles trade this offseason. He was 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA and a 27:17 K:BB ratio in 38.1 innings for the Astros last season. He will compete with Vincent Velasquez, Adam Morgan, David Buchanan, Alec Asher and Severino Gonzalez this spring. If Oberholtzer does not win a starting job, he will likely open the year in the pen as he is out of minor league options.
Oberholtzer was traded to the Phillies on Wednesday as part of a package for Ken Giles, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports. Oberholtzer started just eight games for the Astros last season after starting 24 the previous year, so the team decided he was worth parting with in order to acquire Giles. Oberholtzer has not been able to lock up a regular big league role just yet, but he does own a respectable 3.94 ERA at the major league level across 253.2 innings. He will likely get a shot to compete for a spot in the Phillies' starting rotation during spring training.
The Astros made a pair of moves involving pitchers on Friday. Houston activated relief pitcher Chad Qualls from the 15-day disabled list, and optioned starter Brett Oberholtzer to Triple-A Fresno, the team announced. Qualls has been out of the mix for the Astros since late June because of a pinched nerve in his trapezius and neck. During a rehab start Thursday he threw 2/3 of an inning and allowed two hits, including a home run. Oberholtzer is 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA in multiple stints with the Astros this season.
Astros starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer allowed three runs in five innings on Thursday against the Indians. Oberholtzer picked up his second loss of the season, but was crisp throughout most of the outing. He held the Indians scoreless through five innings, but allowed a home run and a double in the sixth inning before being pulled from the game. "I was able to throw some good located fastballs into righties which helped me out through the first five," Oberholtzer said, per MLB.com. Oberholtzer (2-2) has a 4.46 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 17 walks in 38 1/3 innings this season.
Astros left-hander Brett Oberholtzer will be summoned from Triple-A to start on Thursday against the Indians, the team announced on Tuesday. Oberholtzer last pitched in the big leagues on June 27, but was ejected in the second inning against the Yankees. He was sent down to Fresno following that outing. The Astros also optioned right-hander Vincent Velasquez to Double-A on Tuesday.