Monday night’s starter Erik Bedard is back in the Houston rotation after four appearances in the bullpen.
The 34-year-old veteran left-hander was signed in the offseason by the Astros to provide leadership. The Astros have the youngest roster in the majors with an average age of 26.1. The club currently is carrying 17 rookies on the active roster.
“He’s been good from day one,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “He’s been great for these young guys. The way we’ve been able to handle him the whole year, has allowed him to make it through the season healthy.
“That was one of the goals coming in. And he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. And it’s good to get him back in the rotation for the last three starts before the season ends.”
Bedard was moved back into the rotation when rookie right-hander Jarred Cosart was shut down for the season.
In Bedard’s last appearance on Sept. 8 at Oakland, he tossed four scoreless innings of relief. His last start was Aug. 21 at Texas in a no-decision. He allowed three runs, two earned, in 4 1/3 innings.