PITTSBURGH -- Relief pitcher Wesley Wright is perhaps the most resilient player currently on the Astros' roster. He's bounced between Triple-A and the Major Leagues nine times in the past three seasons, he's been briefly used as a starter and he even changed his arm slot this spring, only to return to his original arm position.
Wright was even called up to the Majors at one point this season and didn't appear in a game before he was sent down. The 26-year-old left-hander not only endured it all, but he says his experiences of the last few years have been beneficial.
"In a weird way, it's helped me take some of that pressure off," Wright said. "I've been in that [manager's] office enough times to where it's not even a fear anymore. I kind of know the routine of you get the call and you're probably going down. It's kind of been eliminated from my mind, and now I can just focus on doing what I do best, and that's going out there to pitch."
Wright entered Tuesday's game with 10 scoreless appearances since he was recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 20. He has 15 consecutive scoreless appearances combined between Triple-A and the Majors since Aug. 8.
"I got into a groove in Triple-A and I've been trying to stay in that exact same groove and not try to do anything different because I got called back up to the big leagues," he said.
"I'm trying to keep my mindset not to put any added pressure on myself. It's a situation I want to go out and enjoy it and try to do the best you can, because I've been through so many ups and downs in the last couple of years, I think it kind of affected the way I performed. So, it's just enjoy it, let your natural ability take over. It's shown with the way I pitched lately."