Jun 26, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher Jose Veras (41) kisses the ball before taking the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros: Jose Veras Is Back!

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Jose Veras and the Houston Astros are about to have a reunion of sorts, nearly one year after his trade to the Detroit Tigers.

According to Mark Berman of Fox 26 News, Veras has been called up to the Astros today. To make room for Jose on the 25-man roster the team outright pitcher Kyle Farnsworth.

It was just a matter of time before the Astros called up Veras to help out a bullpen that has suffered with ineffectiveness and injuries at times this season.

But Veras hasn’t been the most reliable pitcher in 2014 as well.

After signing with the Chicago Cubs in the off-season, Jose was generally ineffective in his short stint with the team. He finished his Cubs career with a 8.10 ERA and 1.725 WHIP in just 13.1 innings.

But Houston GM Jeff Luhnow is hoping Veras rediscovers his 2013 form, arguably his best season, when he finished with a 3.02 ERA, 1.069 WHIP, 21 saves, and 60 strikeouts with the Astros and Tigers. Houston traded Veras to Detroit last summer for outfield prospect Danry Vasquez and David Paulino.

The team’s signing of Veras was a low-risk, high-reward move to provide insurance for any faltering of the bullpen. And it was Kyle Farnsworth‘s arm who faltered first.

Farnsworth finished his Astros career more than likely with a 6.17 ERA along with 8 strikeouts in just 11.2 innings this year.

Now with Veras back in the fold, the Astros potentially have a stronger bullpen than before. Between Chad Qualls and Veras there is plenty of closer experience on the roster now. And hopefully with the return of Matt Albers, Anthony Bass, and potentially Jesse Crain later this summer, the bullpen should only continue to improve if everything falls into place.

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