Armenteros will start Sunday's game at home against the Rangers, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Armenteros delivered four strong innings as the bulk reliever on three days rest Tuesday to earn himself the starting chance this weekend. The 25-year-old has a 9:2 K:BB and has allowed three runs (two earned) over nine innings this season, and Sunday will be the first start of his major-league career.
Armenteros allowed one unearned run on two hits and one walk while striking out three over four innings in Tuesday's loss to the Angels. The Astros were caught in a bind with injuries to starters, prompting them to make Tuesday's game a bullpen start. Armenteros was called up to provide the bulk of the innings and admirably did so on three days rest -- the right-hander just threw 95 pitches Friday for Triple-A Round Rock. He's expected to head back to Triple-A while the Astros reassess their rotation beyond the top three starters.
Armenteros was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock prior to Tuesday's game against the Angels, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Armenteros is in line to serve as the bulk reliever for Tuesday's matchup. He'll enter the contest after Hector Rondon tosses the first inning or so as the opener.
Manager AJ Hinch told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Armenteros will be called up from Triple-A Round Rock to serve as the Astros' bulk reliever in Tuesday's game against the Angels. Houston is expected to make Armenteros' callup official later Tuesday, with Framber Valdez the most likely candidate to get sent back to Round Rock in a corresponding move. Hinch noted that Hector Rondon will open the contest, but he'll likely only work an inning or two before giving way to Armenteros. Since Armenteros tossed 95 pitches in his start with Round Rock four days ago, he'll likely have some sort of workload restriction in place even though he projects to see the most usage of any Houston pitcher Tuesday.
Armenteros will likely be recalled from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of Tuesday's game against the Angels, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports. The Astros didn't make any roster moves immediately following Monday's 9-6 loss to the Angels, but the team is expected to send Framber Valdez to Triple-A in light of the lefty's poor showing as a primary pitcher behind Josh James. That would clear up a spot on the roster for Armenteros, who could be tasked with covering multiple innings in relief Tuesday while the Astros use an opener for the second straight day. Armenteros tossed six scoreless innings (95 pitches) in his last start for Round Rock on Friday, so if he does in fact receive a callup for Tuesday's contest, a workload restriction would undoubtedly be in place since he'll be taking the hill on only three days' rest.