Astros: Breaking Down 40-Man Roster Rule 5 Draft Protection
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Kent Emanuel, LHP, outrighted and claimed off waivers by Philadelphia
Twenty-nine-year-old Kent Emanuel’s major-league debut was special, replacing an injured Jake Odorizzi and tossing 8.2 innings in a win against the Los Angeles Angels. Unfortunately, a month later he was lost for the season to an elbow injury.
His injury history and age along with the Astros need to free up a 40-man spot was why the Astros left him off the list. Emanuel had quickly become a fan favorite in his short time with the Astros, but long-term, this was likely a wise move by the team.