Found May 15, 2012 on Fox Sports Houston:
While it was not really a secret that the Astros were calling Jordan Lyles back from Oklahoma City to make the Tuesday afternoon start against the Phillies it sure seemed like the Astros were trying to make it so. It was not until about 45 minutes before game time that two things were announced. Lyles would make the start and reliever David Carpenter was being cleared from the roster and sent to Oklahoma City to make room. The reasoning behind the tactical move was simple. With rain possibly threatening the game the Astros did not want to bring in a starter they would not have to use while taking a relief pitcher off the roster. Once it was determined the game would be played Astro Media Relations chief Gene Diaz let the word out. It was really funny in a way. The Astros media release left off page two. That is the page that has all the starting pitcher information. The release itself still had TBA (to be announced) as the starter. This was despite Lyles being in town and ready t...
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