ST. PETERSBURG -- The chance to catch for Jake Buchanan in his Major League debut on Saturday meant some extra homework for Carlos Corporan, who spent some time with the rookie pregame to hammer home the gameplan against the Rays.
Corporan did not catch Buchanan much this spring, but he is no stranger to this situation. He was behind the plate when Jarred Cosart threw eight scoreless innings in his Major League debut on July 12, 2013, at Tropicana Field.
"I remember him throwing like five or six balls past me warming up," Corporan said. "He was nervous. I had to tell him to have fun."
That's why Corporan said his main task Saturday was calming down Buchanan and making him understand that what he was doing at Triple-A would work in the Majors.
"When you're a rookie and you're going to make your Major League debut, you're not going to come here and shake off your catcher," Corporan said. "I put more value on the job I'm going to do today because I have to work double because he's relying on me."
Buchanan, 23, was 6-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) at Triple-A, including a shutout on May 20. He last pitched Sunday against Las Vegas and gave up five runs in seven innings. Astros manager Bo Porter said Buchanan would make only one start before being sent back down.
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.