Former Houston closer Jose Veras trying to make it back to the Astros for a third time

Former Houston Astros RHP Jose Veras, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this spring after he had allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and seven walks in 5 1/3 innings in Grapefruit League, signed a Minor League deal with the Astros on May 15.

Veras, 34, who has been at the Extended Spring Training Camp since signing with Houston, made his first appearance in a game Sunday night for the Astros Triple-A affiliate. He pitched one scoreless inning, giving up two hits before getting out of the inning unscathed.

Veras, the 6’6”, 240-pound hurler, played for the Astros in 2013, when he appeared in 42 games and recorded 19 saves while posting an excellent 2.93 ERA. As the trade deadline was approaching, it was very clear that Houston would go on and lose 111 games that season was going nowhere, so Veras became a valuable trading chip for the Astros.

The Dominican Republic native was traded to the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Danry Vasquez and David Paulino, who was the player to be named later in the deal. The Tigers released Veras at the end of the season. He signed with the Cubs and was later released and re-signed with the Astros in June of last year. Veras went 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA and one save in 34 games for the Astros before they granted him free agency at the end of the season.

In February he signed with the Atlanta Braves and was later released in March, after he didn’t pitch well in just 5.1 innings. The Astros signed him to a minor league deal in May.

In nine Major League seasons, Veras is 23-23, with an ERA of 3.91 and has recorded 27 saves and could contribute out of the Houston Astros bullpen at some point this season.

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