Astros call up Clemens, Martinez to OKC

Astros call up Clemens, Martinez to OKC
August 27, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Paul Clemens, recalled from Triple A Oklahoma City, will make his first start in the major leagues Tuesday night when the Astros play the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

The starting spot became available when left-hander Erik Bedard was moved to the bullpen. Clemens is expected to remain in Houston’s six-man rotation for the remainder of the season.

To make room for Clemens, the Astros optioned right-hander David Martinez to OKC. Martinez picked up his first major league win in relief in Monday’s 10-8 win over Chicago, after blowing a save opportunity. Martinez, 26, made two appearances in relief for the Astros after being called up to the majors for the first time last week.

At Oklahoma City, Clemens is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA. In six starts (30 innings) he allowed only one home run after allowing 13 home runs in 46 2/3 innings with Houston this season.

Before being shipped to Oklahoma City, Clemens appeared in 30 games with the Astros – all in relief. The right-hander was 4-4 with a 6.36 ERA.

Clemens, 25, was used in long relief by the Astros this season. Throughout his minor league career he’s mostly been a starting pitcher. Prior to this season, in 128 minor league games, Clemens had started 81 games.

Clemens was selected by Atlanta in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. He was acquired by Houston from Atlanta along with LHP Brett Oberholtzer, OF Jordan Schafer and RHP Juan Abreu in exchange for OF Michael Bourn on July 31, 2011.