Peacock eyes next start after successful session

Peacock eyes next start after successful session

SEATTLE -- It's all systems go for right-hander Brad Peacock, who threw in the bullpen Saturday at Safeco Field without any issues. The Astros skipped Peacock in the rotation Friday because he was dealing with right forearm soreness.

"I felt awesome," he said. "It went really good. I was throwing everything, so I feel back to normal."

Peacock admitted he was worried about the pain and soreness, and the Astros wanted to play it safe by giving him some extra time. He's scheduled to return to the rotation Thursday when the Astros open a homestand against the Orioles.

After four relief appearances to start the season, he's made six starts and posted a 4.58 ERA. He's thrown at least six innings in his last four starts, striking out career-high 11 batters May 12. The Astros called up Rudy Owens to start for Peacock on Friday and then immediately shipped him back to Triple-A. Lefty Brett Oberholtzer was called up to start Saturday, giving each of the starters an extra day of rest.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.