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Cosart out to break spring camp with big club

HOUSTON -- Although right-hander Jarred Cosart appears destined to begin the season in the Minor Leagues based on previous comments from Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, the Astros' top pitching prospect hopes to crack the Major League roster.

Luhnow has said Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Jordan Lyles are locks for the rotation, with Philip Humber having a leg up. Luhnow said Monday veteran left-hander Erik Bedard, signed to a Minor League deal, has a pretty good chance of being in the rotation as well.

A Norris-Harrell-Lyles-Humber-Bedard rotation wouldn’t leave room for Cosart, Dallas Keuchel, John Ely, Alex White, Edgar Gonzalez and others, but Cosart isn’t losing hope. Coming to his first big league camp next month, Cosart is open to any role, as long as he makes the club.

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“That’s the only goal I have,” he said. “I talked to [manager] Bo [Porter] about it. I don’t think it’s all on him. A lot of it has to do with the front office. To be in the Major Leagues and contribute at a younger age is everyone’s goal. Whatever they want me to do -- if I could full up water between innings or run down to the bullpen -- I don’t care. Start, relief, close, whatever they need me to do and I think I need to work on, I’m all ears.”

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