Peacock was optioned down to minor league camp on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Peacock made three appearances in the spring for the Astros, giving up five earned runs in 6.2 innings and was sent down to the minors. He made just three total starts last season as he dealt with a variety of injuries and will need to fight from minor league camp for a back-end rotation spot down the line. He could also make the jump to the bullpen to expedite his timeline to the MLB.
Peacock will start Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chroncile reports. After appearing in only one game for Houston last year due to injuries, Peacock must prove he's healthy this spring to be considered for a back-end rotation spot at some point during the 2016. Doug Fister and Scott Feldman are currently penciled into the Opening Day rotation as the No. 4 and No. 5 starters, respectively.
Peacock began a normal offseason program Monday and is expected to be ready for spring training, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports. Peacock has progressed from throwing bullpen sessions early in the offseason to now entering a normal offseason program and should be ready for the start of spring training. After appearing in only one game for Houston in 2015, Peacock will likely have an opportunity to compete with Scott Feldman to be the number five starter, although Feldman is still favored to win the job.
Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is likely done for the year, general manager Jeff Luhnow said on Tuesday. "Peacock we're still waiting," Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. "I'm not optimistic he's going to make it back any time soon and we still don't know what the right course of action is. There's a couple different doctors working on it. There's another doctor appointment coming up. We'll have to figure out what the best path is for him, but unfortunately it looks like potentially a lost year for him." Peacock has made one appearance this year. He's suffering from a left intercostal strain.
The Astros transferred pitcher Brad Peacock to the 60-day disabled list Thursday, the team announced. Peacock has been sidelined since mid-April with an intercoastal muscle strain, but he suffered a setback during a rehab assignment in mid-June.
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