Sun, 08 Sep 2013 12:43:04 -0700
Houston Astros P Paul Clemens (finger) has been scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics Sunday, Sept. 8, because of a blister on his finger. P Lucas Harrell will start in his place.
Mon, 19 Aug 2013 09:33:03 -0700
Houston Astros SP Lucas Harrell will start the game against the Texas Rangers Monday, Aug. 19.
Sat, 03 Aug 2013 12:48:18 -0700
The Houston Astros have not yet announced who will start against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, Aug. 4, although P Lucas Harrell appears to be the most likely candidate.
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:11:43 -0700
Houston Astros SP Brett Oberholtzer will remain in the starting rotation and start again Monday, Aug. 5. SP Lucas Harrell will head back to the bullpen.
Fantasy Tip: Oberholtzer is only worth considering in deep NL-only leagues.
Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:57:05 -0700
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris was scratched from his start against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, July 30, in the midst of trade rumors surrounding him. Three teams have been interested in Norris, including the Orioles, but no deal is imminent at this time. Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts this season. However, he's 0-2 with an 8.47 ERA in his last three starts. SP Lucas Harrell will make the start in Norris' absence.
Fantasy Tip: If Norris is dealt, Harrell will likely slide back into the rotation permanently, making him a possible target for pitching-hungry deep mixed league teams once again. He should be added in NL formats.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:42:41 -0700
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said Tuesday, July 9, that the team intends to "play it by ear" with SP Lucas Harrell, using him as a long reliever or spot starter. "If we have a started get in trouble early, we can bring him in and (Harrell) can give us length," Porter said. "If we get deep into the game and it's a situation where we need a ground ball, he's definitely a guy we know we can turn to and come in and get us out of a jam."
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:32:07 -0700
The Houston Astros are moving SP Lucas Harrell to the bullpen. He has gone 5-9 with a 5.04 ERA after allowing nine runs (seven earned) in just 3 2/3 innings against the Texas Rangers Friday, July 5. It's unknown who will take his place in the rotation.
Fantasy Tip: Given the lack of decent options to replace Harrell in the rotation, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Harrell regain his starting post down the line. Right now, though, it's probably safe to drop Harrell in most mixed leagues.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:55:48 -0700
The Houston Astros have two off days within four days, which allowed manager Bo Porter to juggle his starting rotation. SP Bud Norris will work Friday, June 28, followed by SP Jordan Lyles Saturday, June 29, and SP Lucas Harrell Sunday, June 30.
Sat, 18 May 2013 11:41:32 -0700
Houston Astros SP Bud Norris (back) will start against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, May 21, after originally being scheduled to start against the Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, May 19. SP Lucas Harrell and Dallas Keuchel each had their starts moved up one day, with Harrell pitching Sunday and Keuchel pitching Monday, May 20, against the Royals.
Fri, 03 May 2013 13:44:39 -0700
The Houston Astros would likely listen to trade offers for SPs Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell this summer, even though they are the team's two most reliable pitchers so far. Executives would almost all prefer trading for Harrell over Norris, though, mainly because he won't be a free agent until 2018. Scouts are concerned that Norris is still a two-pitch pitcher, too.