Owens, who has been working as a starter, threw seven innings in a loss on Tuesday. The four days of rest make Rudy the most likely option should Bo Porter need a long reliever today.
Clemens retired the first four hitters he faced in yesterday’s game. But it was all downhill from there. Clemens was unable to get through the next inning. His five walks helped the Twins plate four runs and knock him out of the game. At one point, pitching coach Brent Strom was visibly upset with Clemens.
But one man’s misfortune leads to opportunity for another. Owens now has a chance to solidify a spot in the Astros bullpen. His ability to throw strikes is one thing that makes Rudy a decent option to stick in a bullpen that currently lacks depth. Rudy also gives Bo Porter a third lefty to choose from.
Owens made his big league debut on May 23rd of this year. Called up for a spot start as an injury replacement, Rudy went 5 & 2/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners. He was immediately sent back to AAA. Once again, the timing was right for the man who wears uniform number 99. Maybe this time, Owens will stick around for awhile.