Brian McTaggart announced via Twitter today that Rudy Owens was being called up to replace Paul Clemens on the Astros’ roster.
The Paul Clemens ousting I can understand. He walked five in two innings of work on Saturday. That stat alone is enough for demotion, along with the four earned runs. This will be the sixth time that Clemens had been moved between Triple-A and the minors.
It’s the Rudy Owens part that doesn’t make sense. Owens made his MLB debut May 23rd and gave up five earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. That’s ineffective, to say the least.
Not only that, but Owens has been ineffective in Triple-A as well. In 55.1 innings pitched, Owens has given up 32 earned runs en route to a 2-4 record with a 5.20 ERA.
He’s clearly being called up to work out of the bullpen, as the starting rotation already has plenty of pitchers waiting on deck in Triple-A.
Well, the good news there is that Owens stats as a reliever, though a bit convoluted because of the tandem starter situation, are a bit better. In 9.1 innings he’s given up five earned runs.
It’s going to be a short leash for Owens, and surely he’s aware of that, so maybe he can harness the delicacy of the situation and turn in some good outings to avoid re-joining Clemens in Triple-A.