Bedard to 'pen; Martinez might replace him

Bedard to 'pen; Martinez might replace him
August 24, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Erik Bedard has a 3-9 record and 4.48 ERA.

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Astros manager Bo Porter announced prior to Saturday’s game with Toronto that left-hander Erik Bedard will be moved to the bullpen starting this Monday and that the Astros will remain with a six-man starting rotation.

Porter said David Martinez is a candidate to be included in the rotation. Lucas Harrell, who had a recent spot start, will return to the bullpen.

The 34-year-old Bedard has pretty much been a starting pitcher throughout his major league career and was taken aback on becoming a reliever for the rest of the season.

“Very surprised,” said Bedard, who said he would prefer to start. Bedard said he was told that his workload may have been a factor in the decision.

“They looked at my last two years my innings total was around where I’m at right now and if I continue, I’ll be about 40 (innings) over,” said Bedard.

In 2011 with Pittsburgh Bedard threw 129 1/3 innings. Last year with Pittsburgh Bedard threw 125 2/3 innings. This season Bedard has thrown 124 2/3 innings with a 3-9 record and 4.48 ERA. He has started 23 games with two relief appearances.

As of now the Astros have six right-handers in the bullpen, including Martinez, with Kevin Chapman being the only left-hander.

“I’ve never done that in my life,” said Bedard. “I’d rather stay in the rotation.”

Martinez has made 20 starts this season between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City with a 14-3 record and 2.20 ERA. He made his major league debut on Wednesday at Texas in relief, allowing one unearned run in 2 2/3 innings.

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