Monday, April 4, 2011

Ryan Rowland-Smith to remain with Astros

Zach Levine reports that Ryan Rowland-Smith has cleared waivers, and will stay with the organization on a minor-league contract.

And apparently there's no decision on just what role The Hyphen will play, either starter or reliever.

Looking back at the Oklahoma City roster, there are five starting pitchers already listed: Lyles, Arguello, Perez, Nieve, and Villar. If they hadn't signed Fernando Nieve, Rowland-Smith would have been a logical fit for the OKC rotation. But they did. There are seven bullpen spots filled in, and just about every other team in the system has eight relievers. Sounds like he's ticketed for a reliever, unless they make another move.