The Astros have solved the question regarding members of their five man starting rotation by extending it to a six man rotationat least for awhile. Rookie Dallas Keuchel has earned a right to continue plying his trade on the major league level while Bud Norris is now healed from a knee strain and is ready to reclaim his job.
A six man rotation is not unknown, but rarely lasts very long. According to Manager Brad Mills this one won't likely be cast in stone either. In fact, the plan right now it to go with the six man set up only until the All-Star break. That means for twelve games. The first evidence of its existence won't come till Friday when Norris squeezes back into the rotation after Keuchel starts Thursday.
After the game on Thursday the club will have to drop a playeralmost certainly one of the extra bullpen arms who have had recent problems and have options left. Of course, should the Astros pull off a trade before then that would change things.
Speaking of trades there...