{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Rotation almost set for after break

Rotation almost set for after break

|
WASHINGTON -- Astros manager Cecil Cooper has a general idea of how he'll set up the team's starting rotation following the All-Star break, although the fifth spot still is undecided.

Runelvys Hernandez is the likeliest candidate to receive a callup from Triple-A Round Rock to start the fifth game. If Roy Oswalt recovers from his recent setback, he will start Friday against the Cubs, followed by Wandy Rodriguez, Brian Moehler and Brandon Backe.

Oswalt left his start on Friday with recurring left hip soreness, and he will be re-evaluated at a later time. He could start the second half on the disabled list.

Cooper said the club is not "locked in" on Hernandez, but "he's probably the guy that will get recalled to do it."

Hernandez was optioned to Round Rock on Tuesday after a difficult outing during which he allowed 10 runs over four innings.

Although Chris Sampson would be a tempting option, Cooper prefers to leave the right-hander in the bullpen, where he's been dominant. Sampson threw five scoreless innings during a spot start last Saturday in Atlanta and he shut out the Pirates in two relief frames four days later in Pittsburgh.

"He's been doing so well, I'm hesitant to do that," Cooper said of putting Sampson back in the rotation. "I don't think it's something we'd consider."

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español