Feliz threw 107 pitches in relief after starter Colin McHugh gave up six runs (five earned) in just one-third of an inning against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
The corresponding move to replace Feliz is the team’s contract purchase of right-hander Chris Devenski, who was scheduled to start the Fresno Grizzlies’ season opener Thursday night in Las Vegas. Devenski, 25, spent last season at Double-A Corpus Christi, going 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA and two saves in 24 games (17 starts). Once their season was finished, he was promoted to Fresno for the playoffs, throwing seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and one hit in the Triple-A National Championship.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch praised Devenski for his effort during spring training and thinks he will be a good addition to their bullpen.
“… This spot in the bullpen has a chance to be a back-and-forth scenario when stuff like this happens, and we have some flexibility with guys. Getting Devenski up here is a nice addition. He made a nice run at the end of camp to factor into the decision, and his length and his ability to get righties and lefties out and what he showed with his changeup in camp, his energy that he will bring, will be a good addition.”
The Astros will meet a familiar foe this weekend as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game series.