Lucas Harrell removed from Astros rotation

Rick Yeatts

After struggling early this season, the Astros will remove Lucas Harrell from the rotation.

The Astros have taken Lucas Harrell out of their rotation, reports Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. When asked about the Move, Smith writes, Harrell said only, "I don't want to talk about it."

No replacement starting pitcher has been named as of yet, but with Triple-A having some interesting options such as prospect Jared Cosart, the team could promote someone looking towards the future.

Harrell has struggled this season, posting an ERA of 5.04 in 19 starts, pitching a total of 103 2.3 innings for the last place Astros. He has certainly fallen a long way for someone who started the season as their number two starter. Astros manager Bo Porter said that Harrell will not be sent down, and that he will pitch out of their bullpen, reports Smith.

A move like this makes sense, as the team is well beyond any hopes of playoff contention, so they can try out some of their options in a year that general manager Jeff Luhnow has repeatedly mentioned was for finding out what they have on their 40-man roster.

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