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Astros recall Owens to make MLB debut


HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have recalled left-handed pitcher Rudy Owens from Triple A Oklahoma City to make his Major League debut in a start tonight at Seattle. To make room for Owens on the active roster, the Astros optioned right-handed pitcher Josh Zeid to Triple A OKC last night. Owens will start tonight in place of right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock, who's been scratched with right forearm soreness. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.>

Owens, 26, has pitched all season with the RedHawks, making 10 appearances, including seven starts. He will be the third Astros rookie to make their Major League debut as starter in the last three seasons, joining right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart (7/12/13 at TB) and left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel (6/17/12 at TEX). Owens was acquired by Houston from Pittsburgh along with left-handed pitcher Colton Cain and outfielder Robbie Grossman in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on July 24, 2012.

Zeid, 27, has made seven appearances for the Astros this season across two Major League stints. In his appearances, he's posted no record and a 3.86 ERA (3ER/7IP) with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched.

Peacock, 26, began the season in the Astros bullpen before making his last six turns in the rotation. In his last start, he picked up his first win of the season, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing two runs en route to an 8-2 win over the White Sox. He is considered day-to-day with his injury.

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