James retired all six batters he faced and struck out three over two innings in Friday's game against the Marlins.
James, who piggy-backed on starter Zack Greinke, was impressive in his spring debut. The Astros are considering James among three pitchers for their final rotation spot, so don't be concerned that he came on in relief, as James is still in the mix for the No. 5 starter. The hard-throwing right-hander touched 97 mph and threw 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes. An important goal is to be in the zone more, and James was able to execute that over his two innings. The challenge is to build off Friday's outing as his pitch count rises and to maintain his delivery over five or six innings. Feb 29 10:20 am (EST)
- Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said Tuesday that James is one of three legitimate candidates for the No. 5 starter spot, along with Austin Pruitt and Framber Valdez, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
- James threw a bullpen session Friday from a full windup, indicating the Astros plan to stretch him out as a starter this spring, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
- James will compete for the fifth spot in the Astros' rotation during spring training, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. All Josh James (R) News
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