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APR 2, 10:00a ET | Rob Neyer
Rotowire: May 18 / 7:23a ET
News: Through seven starts for Triple-A Fresno, Straily is 2-3 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 25:9 K:BB over 35.1 innings.
Impact: Straily, who was among the candidates for the Astros' fifth starter job during spring training, has been passed over twice now -- once for Asher Wojciechowski and the other time for Lance McCullers -- when Houston has needed a replacement in the starting rotation. He'll continue to serve as pitching depth in the minors unless improved performance or a rash of injuries to Houston's current starters warrants a promotion to the big league club.
Rotowire: Mar 23 / 6:23a ET
News: Straily was optioned to minor league camp by the Astros on Monday.
Impact: He allowed seven runs on 12 hits over 10.2 innings in Grapefruit League play this spring, falling out of the mix to begin the year as the Astros' fifth starter in the process. Roberto Hernandez, Asher Wojciewchowski, and Sam Deduno are the remaining candidates to fill the role, while Straily could be among the first options called up if the Astros need a replacement in the rotation early in the season.
Rotowire: Mar 13 / 4:53a ET
News: Straily allowed a run on three hits over three innings while striking out a batter Thursday in the Astros' Grapefruit League win over Detroit.
Impact: Straily worked on a new curveball grip during the game to gain more confidence in the pitch and "keep (hitters) off of my slider." A candidate for Houston's fifth rotation spot, the 26-year-old has given up three runs over five spring innings (two starts) thus far.