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Astros keeping an eye out for relief help

HOUSTON -- With three of the four veteran relievers the Astros brought into the mix this winter now on the disabled list, the club will be on the lookout to add some help from outside the organization, like they did a few weeks ago by signing veteran free-agent lefty Tony Sipp.

Relief pitchers Anthony Bass (strained intercostal), Matt Albers (shoulder inflammation) and Jesse Crain (bursitis) are on the DL. Bass went on the shelf Wednesday, Albers has been sidelined since April 22 and could miss another month and Crain has been out all year.

"With Crain and Albers coming back hopefully in the next month, that's going to help a lot," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We're going to be aware if things present themselves, like going out and getting a guy like Sipp. At times, they can have an immediate impact.

"There might be some other guys from the Minor Leagues who get opportunities in the meantime. We do feel like we have guys here who are capable of getting outs. These guys have the tools to get outs. Part of it is confidence; part of it is putting them in situations to be successful. With starters going deeper into games, now we'll be able to do that."

Astros manager Bo Porter said he's consulted anytime the team is considering a move.

"Anytime a player becomes available that can help us, it's a combination that's going to be everybody doing his due diligence and we find out whether or not it's a possibility," he said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.
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