Jordan Lyles' first taste of life in the big leagues was anything but big league. The Astros' top prospect missed a connection Sunday and was forced to stay over in Detroit rather than joining the team in Chicago.
But Lyles was in the clubhouse hours before Monday's 12-7 victory over the Cubs. Mostly he was listening, looking around the clubhouse and doing little talking.
The most profound thing said all day may have come from his manager, who will figuratively hand the ball to Lyles on Tuesday in Chicago and Sunday in San Diego.
That's all that's assumed right now, with Wandy Rodriguez on track to make a quick recovery from elbow inflammation.
"When he came in today, I said you could be here for two starts or 20 years," manager Brad Mills said.
Lyles donned his No. 41 Astros uniform for the first time. "It was assigned to me," the soft-spoken 20-year-old said as he received congratulations from his new teammates.
And while Lyles did his share of looking around at his surroundings and expects a host of family members to come to the game from his native South Carolina, there are no fears of intimidation on the big stage.
"His mound demeanor has always been very confident," Mills said. "And I don't expect to see that change at all."
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