Reliever Wright rejoins Astros 'pen
Left-hander recalled from Minors to replace Paulino
LOS ANGELES -- Left-handed reliever Wesley Wright rejoined the Astros bullpen, eager to build on the good results he had in his previous stint while in Houston in June.
Wright was activated prior to Thursday's game to fill the roster spot left vacant when pitcher Felipe Paulino was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock prior to the All-Star break. He posted a 5.30 ERA in 18 2/3 innings with the Astros this year, but he allowed one hit and struck out seven in five scoreless innings in three June outings with Houston.
"Every time is another opportunity, and you try to make the best of it and do the best you can," Wright said. "For the most part, I felt great about how I was throwing the ball. For a relief pitcher, it's not about what you do as much as how you feel. I felt OK and tried to do the same thing I have been doing and try not do too much."
This is Wright's fourth stint with the Astros this year. After spending all of last season with the Astros, he was on the Opening Day roster before being sent to Round Rock on May 28. He was recalled and then optioned back to the Minors twice in June. He has a 3.94 ERA in 10 games with the Express.
"He gives us another left-handed option [along with Tim Byrdak], and probably a multi-inning guy," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.