Brocail's future with Astros remains undecided

Brocail's future with Astros remains undecided

CHICAGO -- Astros general manager Ed Wade, who's making the final trip of the season along with president of baseball operations Tal Smith and assistant general manager David Gottfried, wasn't prepared to say on Saturday whether pitching coach Doug Brocail would return next year.

Brocail, who retired after the 2009 season, was working as a special assistant to Wade this year when he took over as pitching coach when Brad Arnsberg was let go in June.

"We're not in position to talk about it at this point," Wade said.

What's clear is the Astros are pleased with the job that Brocail has done, especially considering how young the Houston pitching staff is. The bullpen is comprised primarily of rookies, many of whom made their debut after Brocail had taken over for Arnsberg.

"I think he's been fantastic," Wade said. "I'm very pleased with the job he's done. As far as him making a commitment to do [next year], at this point, we still time to talk more about it."