Erik Bedard knows an injury has hurt his chances of breaking camp as a member of the Astros' rotation. Still, he's determined to give it a good shot.
Bedard gave up a leadoff double and a walk then struck out three straight in his first outing in two weeks, but the Houston Astros lost to a Washington Nationals split squad 9-7 on Wednesday.
''Obviously if I miss more time, you never know what can happen,'' he said after pitching an inning. ''They can put their eye on somebody else and they can take somebody else instead of me, but I'm just going to concentrate on pitching and doing the best I can.''
Bedard hadn't pitched since Feb. 26, when he strained a glut muscle.
''He took a page out of old, crafty veteran Jamie Moyer's book,'' said manager Bo Porter. ''He had (runners on) first and second, nobody out, and he goes: `I'm going to slow this game down to a crawl and I'm going to make pitch after ...