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Cedeno arrives to provide bullpen support

Cedeno arrives to provide bullpen support

Cedeno arrives to provide bullpen support
WASHINGTON -- Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno joined the Astros on Sunday morning. The rookie will wear No. 63.

Though Cedeno safely made it to Nationals Park for his first big league game, his luggage and equipment were lost or re-routed somewhere between Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Cedeno went home to visit family for a few days after Triple-A Oklahoma City ended its season.

"We're going to get him some shoes and a glove and go from there," manager Brad Mills joked before Sunday's finale against the Nationals. "He's available. He has to wear clothes, though. He has to be dressed when he takes the field."

The troubles didn't seem to faze Cedeno as he prepared for his potential Major League debut.

"It's so exciting, hopefully it goes well for me so I can help the club win some games," he said. "I'm really excited. It was my dream since I was four [years old]."

Cedeno, 25, went 7-9 with a 4.38 ERA in 35 combined games between Oklahoma City and Double-A Corpus Christi this season.

He started 22 games, but Mills will look to use him as one of the only left-handers in an otherwise crowded bullpen. Cedeno replaced reliever Sergio Escalona, who landed on the 60-day disabled list after suffering a left ankle sprain on Friday.

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