Bud Norris will be the Astros' opening-day starter, the team announced Wednesday. In the same press release, the Astros announced some roster moves that included optioning starting pitcher Jordan Lyles to minor-league camp.
Of note here is that Norris will be tasked with throwing out the first pitch of the MLB season. The Astros will open at home against now-division rival Rangers in the lone game on Sunday, March 31.
Lyles was a highly touted prospect before the 2011 season but has struggled at the big-league level. In 2011-12 combined in the majors, Lyles was 7-20 with a 5.20 ERA. He's also having an awful spring, sporting a 17.74 ERA through 11 2/3 innings. Maybe some more minor-league seasoning can salvage him, though, as he's still only 22 years old.
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