HOUSTON -- Reliever Wesley Wright's first season in the Majors came in 2008, when the Rule 5 Draft pick from the Dodgers appeared in 71 games for the Astros. He's bounced between the Majors and Minor since -- as well as starting and relieving -- and is one of the longest current tenured Astros.
Houston manager Brad Mills has said he would like to carry two left-handers in the bullpen, but with only one lefty reliever at his disposal now, he's glad it's Wright.
"I thought last year at the end of the season or halfway through the year, Wesley really jumped a hurdle," Mills said. "He started knowing himself a little bit more, what he could or couldn't do. I remembered last Spring Training he changed his whole arm location and was throwing [sidearmed].
"He found out that didn't work and wanted to come back up, and when he came back up, he knew there had to be something different that allowed him to pitch at the Major League level. He had to learn what those things were. He came up the last month of last season and pitched extremely well and set the stage for being a solid left-handed reliever out of the 'pen for us this year."