The Astros continued to clear up the picture surrounding the starting rotation by optioning Jordan Lyles and John Ely to minor league camp, leaving three pitchers competing for the final two spots
The Astros head into its first day off in the spring schedule having played 12 games to a dead even 5-5-2 record.
John Ely's first start with the Astros didn't go so well.
But there's plenty of time to improve.
A five-run fifth inning lifted the Astros past the Detroit Tigers 9-4 in a rain-soaked Grapefruit League game at Osceola County Stadium on Tuesday with both teams playing with a split squad.