It certainly wasn't to add a "much needed" 17th pitcher to the Astros' active roster, so the addition of Lance Pendleton, even at 28 years old, was about looking to the future. Pendleton will join the on Astros Saturday, which happens to be his 28th birthday, after he was claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees.
His addition gives them 34 players on the active roster, including 12 relief pitchers.
This will not be the Rice University alum's first time with the hometown club. He's had a strange last 10 months, going from the Yankees to the Astros to the Yankees to the Astros.
The Astros selected the right-hander from the Yankees in the second round of the Rule 5 draft, but after he did not make the 25-man roster in spring training, he had to be offered back to the Yankees, when the Astros' efforts to trade for him were rebuked.
"Obviously, it was disappointing not to make the roster in spring training," Pendleton said. "I didn't do what I needed to do to make it."
New York then brought him up to the big leagues for 14 appearances over two stints but designated him for assignment last week, subjecting him to waivers to get him off the 40-man roster, and the Astros claimed him.
They will put him in the bullpen because the rotation is full and perhaps overfull with starter Lucas Harrell also pitching in relief for now. However, his destination beyond this year is unknown.
"We'll add him to the mix and see what happens," general manager Ed Wade said. "I just wanted to get him back into our organization at this point, and we'll see where it goes from there."
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