Astros option struggling LHP J.A. Happ to minors
The Houston Astros optioned left-hander J.A. Happ to Triple-A
Oklahoma City before Saturday night’s game against the Milwaukee
Happ, who came to Houston in the trade that sent Roy Oswalt to
Philadelphia in July 2010, is 4-14 this season and has struggled
with a 6.26 ERA in 22 starts. He has allowed five or more runs in
eight straight starts.
”I’m disappointed,” Happ said. ”You never expect to be sent
down. Hopefully I can go down and clear my head a little bit and
get this thing figured out sooner than later. It’s way too late to
start feeling sorry for yourself. I’m going to go down there and do
what I’ve been trying to do. I’ve been working as hard as I
Houston also placed reliever Enerio Del Rosario on the 15-day
disabled list with a strained right shoulder and called up
left-handed reliever Wesley Wright and righty reliever Jeff
Fulchino from Oklahoma City.
Happ has lost 10 of his last 11 decisions, with his last win
being July 19 against Washington. He threw four innings Friday
against the Brewers in an 8-1 loss, allowing six runs and seven
Houston manager Brad Mills said Happ needs to regain confidence
in Oklahoma City.
”He needs to get where he needs to be to help us,” Mills said.
”Everybody knows and he knows his stuff is good enough to pitch
here and pitch well here. It’s just that he needs to get that
confidence to be able to throw it and let the ball work for
Happ’s turn in the rotation is scheduled to come up again on
Wednesday, and both Mills and Astros general manager Ed Wade said
the team has options for who might start, including right-hander
Aneury Rodriguez, who is 0-4 with a 4.78 ERA in 30 games, including
Happ was 5-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 13 starts last season for
Wade said the move was hard to make.
”This was something that we contemplated a couple different
times about what is the best way to get J.A. back on track,” he
said. ”It was not an easy decision. At the end of the day, we
thought maybe this was the best action to get him out of this
environment and get him to a point where he can relax and make his