CHICAGO -- Astros manager Brad Mills said left-hander Wesley Wright pitched well enough Tuesday to warrant another chance in the starting rotation, but his future depends on how right-hander Brian Moehler continues to progress from a groin strain.
Wright, making his first Major League start following 126 appearances in relief, pitched 4 2/3 innings in a 14-7 loss to the Cubs and allowed six hits and six runs, only one of which was earned because of an error by second baseman Jeff Keppinger.
"I think with the way he threw yesterday, he deserves another start, if a spot opens up for him to make that start," Mills said.
Moehler, on the DL since July 8 with a left groin strain, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Friday and will likely be plugged into the rotation if all goes well."
"The way Wes threw the ball last night, a corner has been turned with him putting it together in [Triple-A] Round Rock like he did his last three outings," Mills said. "Do we want Wes in the bullpen to have those three lefties in the 'pen, or have Moehler solidify the bullpen a little bit? We'll have to look at who we're facing and see how Moehler is. We have to wait and see how he is first."