Bass closing in on return to Astros' bullpen

Bass closing in on return to Astros' bullpen

HOUSTON -- Anthony Bass is back in Houston after his rehab stint at Class A Quad Cities.

Bass, a right-handed reliever, has been on the disabled list since May 11 with a right intercostal strain. He threw two rehab innings for Quad Cities on Sunday, allowing two hits and two runs, and his return to the Astros is imminent.

"He's here with us, he's ready to go," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "It's just a matter of right now we feel the extra lefty is more important. Bass was not able to pitch today anyway given that he was able to pitch two days ago. The soonest we'd be able to activate him would be tomorrow, but again, I think having three lefties in the bullpen for this series is more important for us."

Bass had appeared in 15 games for the Astros this year, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 18 innings. He allowed 17 hits and nine earned runs with five walks.

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