Jarred Cosart had a fantastic start to begin his Major League career. He went eight shutout innings and even carried a no hitter into the seventh inning before that was ultimately broken up by Ben Zobrist. At the moment, though, that is the only start Cosart will receive in this very brief appearance.
The Houston Astros brought Cosart up to make a spot start just before the All Star Break, and that is exactly what he did. Cosart wowed the Astros and their fans, but when it is all said and done, Cosart is being sent back to Triple A, and the Astros will be activating Justin Maxwell. This obviously isn’t Cosart’s doing. He was fantastic tonight, and completely shut down the Tampa Bay Rays to earn his first win in his MLB debut. Cosart will be back.
The Astros didn’t bring Cosart up to stay just yet. He is ready, and he obviously showed that, but the Astros are sending him down, and that is right thing to do. This is all about development when it is all said and done. Cosart is a Major League pitcher, and he’ll be up soon enough, but the Astros sent him down because the All Star break is right around the corner. By sending him down now, Cosart will be on schedule to be the Astros’ fifth starter after the break, and with Cosart being sent down, he will now be able to pitch in the Triple A All Star Game as he is an All Star down there.
Cosart may not be up with the big league club immediately after the break, but it will certainly be soon. He earned his spot in the rotation tonight as he just completely attacked the Rays hitters. At one point, I thought he might be a part of history by throwing a no-hitter in his debut. He was that good. After all, he did throw a two-hitter.
The Astros sending Cosart back down isn’t a bad move. It is unpopular, but it is the right thing to do. We’ll see you soon, Cosart.