HOUSTON -- The trade of Wandy Rodriguez to the Pirates earlier this week not only meant the Astros no longer had any players who participated in the 2005 World Series, but it also meant pitchers Bud Norris and Wesley Wright became the longest-tenured Astros players.
Wright was a Rule 5 pick who made his debut for the Astros on March 31, 2008, though he has split time between Houston and the Minor Leagues. Norris made his debut with the Astros on July 29, 2009. He's 26-32 in his career in 87 games (86 starts).
"It's surreal, almost," Norris said. "I've only been here three years and I've seen a lot in three years. It's tough to see Wandy go because he's been an anchor for us since the World Series. We learned a lot from him and what he taught us, and I'm just trying to pass what I know to these guys and they're trying to help me, too."
Norris doesn't fashion himself as too much of a vocal leader, though he said sometimes he understands he has to play that role.
"Anything I can do to help anybody out, I try," he said. "Whether it helps them or not, I'm going to give my thoughts and hopefully it does help. I'm not trying to look at it any differently but I'm going to go out there and pitch every fifth day and give them everything I've got. We've got to work together and learn together."