HOUSTON -- When starting pitcher Bud Norris went on the disabled list earlier this month with a sprained left knee, left-hander Dallas Keuchel was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for his Major League debut and went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts, including a complete game on Saturday.
With Norris set to return to the rotation later this week, Astros manager Brad Mills announced Tuesday night that Keuchel would stay in the rotation. The Astros are going with a six-man pitching rotation through the All-Star break, Mills said, with Keuchel starting Thursday against the Padres and Norris on Friday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The team will make a corresponding roster move for Norris' return to action prior to Friday's game in Chicago.
The Astros are in the midst of one of their best runs by starting pitchers this season. Houston starters have gone 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA in the team's last nine games, with the highlight coming Saturday when Keuchel held the Indians to six hits and one run for the team's first complete game of the season.
Mills took advantage of some off-days and used a four-man rotation for most of the first two months of the season, with Jordan Lyles and Aneury Rodriguez making spot starts here and there.