The Astros drafted Pendleton, a Houston native who played at Rice University, in the second round of the Rule 5 Draft in December. He had to remain on the 25-man roster the entire season or be offered back to the Yankees. He'll report to Yankees Minor League camp and begin the season in Triple-A.
"I didn't have the Spring Training that I needed to have or wanted to have," said Pendleton, who has allowed five runs in 7 2/3 innings this spring. "I was thinking they might be able to work out a trade for me and be able to send me to [Triple-A} Oklahoma City, but you just never know. I figured that's what they were waiting for to see if something like that was going to happen. I wasn't surprised.
"I was disappointed, not in the decision, but in myself and the Spring Training I had. I kind of got out of whack and didn't throw the way I wished I would have. You're dealt the cards you're dealt and you've got to play and that's how it went. I learned a lot and enjoyed the time I had with the Astros and the experience. No matter what happens, I need to get a little bit better and grow and work hard."
Astros general manager Ed Wade said he tried to work out a trade to keep Pendleton, but couldn't come up with a match with the Yankees. Right-hander Aneury Rodriguez, taken in the first round of the Rule 5 Draft from the Rays, remains in camp.