Jordan Lyles will start for the Astros on Thursday against the Tigers, manager Bo Porter said before Wednesday's series finale against the Yankees.
After Brad Peacock was moved to the bullpen on Monday, the Astros waited to announce who would take his spot in the starting rotation on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.
The right-hander was initially expected to be the Astros’ No. 3 starter behind Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell before spring training. However, Lyles had a rough time in Florida, going 0-3 with a 17.74 ERA. He allowed 24 runs (23 earned) and 36 hits in 11 2/3 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on March 20.
“This is a guy that obviously we expected to be a part of the rotation. It didn’t fare too well this spring,” Porter said. “Sometimes guys taking a step back actually allows them to take three steps forward and we’re hoping that is the case with Jordan.”
Lyles, 22, is 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA with the OKC RedHawks. He has struck out 11 and walked six while allowing 30 hits in 20 2/3 innings of work. But Porter says his reports on Lyles from Triple-A have been positive.
“He has attacked hitters and done a great job of pitching ahead in the count, and his breaking stuff has been tremendous,” Porter said.
Lyles is expected to arrive in Houston sometime on Wednesday. Porter said a corresponding roster move will be announced on Thursday.