White was activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma, after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Though he is expected to be a starting pitcher long-term, he will work out of the bullpen in the minors, giving him a quicker road to the majors.
General manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle Thursday he wants White to pitch as a reliever as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, though that is not necessarily his expected long-term role.
"We really feel like his best chance of making to the big leagues this year is in the bullpen, and we also would like to protect his arm," Luhnow said. "I talked to him about it and he was perfectly fine. He said, 'Whatever you think is the fastest way.'"
White was in the Astros' rotation at the start of last season, prior to the injury. He will begin his minor-league rehab assignment in the next few days, though the exact details are not yet known.
"It was a milestone for him," general manager Jeff Luhnow told MLB.com. "We saw the velocity back up in the neighborhood of where he was before he got hurt. He still has a little more to go, but that's encouraging. All the secondary stuff was sharp today."
White is more than a year removed from surgery, and while Luhnow is excited about his progress, he doesn't have a specific timetable for his possible return.
"To me, having had the surgery a little over 12 months ago, he should be starting to understand the timetable for him returning to games in the minor leagues, and after today we now can see the end of the tunnel," he said. "I'm not going to make any promises, but he'll continue to throw in games down there, and if that continues we'll send him down on a rehab assignment."
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