Houston Astros activate pitcher Jake Odorizzi from IL

Apr 13, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (17) throws against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros activated right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the 10-day injured list, and he’ll start Saturday night’s game against the San Diego Padres.

It will be the first start for Odorizzi since April 24. He was 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA before going on the injured list with a strain of the right pronator muscle.

Odorizzi, who signed a two-year free-agent contract worth $20.25 million in the offseason, said he is looking forward to his second act of the year.

“I feel like I got a fresh start to the season,” he said. “My first two starts to the season weren’t really what I was hoping for and I was still kind of building up (arm strength) at that point. Now I feel I have some base underneath me to go out, and hopefully I’ll have a good outing and move on from there. We’ll see how it goes, but physically, I’m happy with where I’m at.”

The 31-year-old has a 62-58 record with a 3.97 ERA in 198 games (195 starts) over 10 seasons. He also has played for the Kansas City Royals (2012), Tampa Bay Rays (2013-17) and Minnesota Twins (2018-20).

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned right-hander Enoli Paredes to Triple A Sugar Land. In 4 1/3 innings over seven appearances, Paredes, 25, gave up eight runs (four earned) on six hits and 11 walks. He struck out seven.

–Field Level Media