HOUSTON -- Left-handed relief pitcher Wesley Wright finds himself as the third-longest tenured Astros player behind Wandy Rodriguez and Carlos Lee. It's been a long, strange ride for Wright, a Rule 5 pick in 2007.
"It really does seem weird because it's been an up-and-down situation for me for the most part," Wright said. "I've learned a lot in the entire time I've been here and am trying to give advice on different issues. ... For the most part, we treat each other the same out there and try to have fun."
Wright, 27, has bounced between the Astros and Triple-A for much of his career, and even has been tried out as a starter. The Astros also tinkered with his delivery a couple of years ago, trying a more sidearm approach, before stepping back and letting him be himself.
The approach has paid off. Wright entered Thursday with a 2.79 ERA in 18 games, having held left-handed hitters to two hits in 23 at-bats. Lefties were 1-for-26 off him last year.
"I think confidence is the biggest part of the game," Wright said. "A lot of times it can mask when you're not as sharp as you need to be, but mentally you convince yourself to go out there and make pitches when you need to make them, and that's the biggest part of being in the bullpen because you're not always going to feel your best."