Pitched for the World Team in the MLB Futures Game in 2000 at Atlanta and 2001 at Seattle. Southpaw spent parts of three seasons in the majors with the Houston Astros (2001-02, 2004) but has
not pitched in the majors since then due to a series of shoulder injuries.
Entered spring training
as a Rays non-roster invite and made 21 starts for Triple-A Durham...was placed on the DL on Aug 9
with inflammation in his left middle finger, ending his season...only Wade Davis (28) made more starts
Made 6 starts for Class-A Vero Beach, holding opponents to a .131 (11-for-84)
average...allowed only one run over his last 5 starts...pitched for Magellanes of the Venezuelan Winter
League after the season.
Missed the entire season due to injury.
Entered Astros camp
as a non-roster invite, but did not appear in a game until Aug 2 with Double-A Corpus Christi as he
recovered from left shoulder surgery...declared free agency after the season.
Went 5-8 with a 5.56 ERA (55ER/89IP) in 21 games for Triple A Round Rock...struck out 66 batters while walking 54...struck out a season-high eight hitters in 5.2 innings on May 15 vs. Portland...tossed a season-high seven scoreless innings on August 18 at Nashville...allowed three hits and struck out four...was 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA (8ER/30.2IP) in six August starts...batted .238 (5x21) with two doubles and two runs batted in.
Recalled from Triple A New Orleans on Aug. 11 and made nine starts...finished 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA...did not record a decision in his last start on Sept. 26 at Milwaukee...equaled his season low with 2.1 innings pitched...suffered his third loss of the season on Sept. 21 at San Francisco...allowed four runs on four hits and one walk over a season-low 2.1 innings of work in Houston's 9-2 loss...suffered the loss in his second consecutive start vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 9...allowed two runs over 5.2 innings in the Astros 3-1 loss...tossed 3.0 innings on Sept. 4 vs. Pittsburgh...surrendered two home runs and received no decision in the Astros 6-5 win... collected his first win of the season on Aug. 29 at the Chicago Cubs and his first big league win since Sept. 1, 2002 vs. Los Angeles...allowed three runs on six hits over 5.2 innings...received a no-decision in his second consecutive start vs. Philadelphia on Aug. 24...tossed a season-high seven innings and allowed two runs on six hits while walking a season-high four and fanning a season-high tying six batters...was his first start at Minute Maid Park since Sept. 12, 2002...made his first big league start of the year on Aug. 14 at Montreal...suffered the loss after allowing three earned runs over six innings in the Astros 8-3 defeat...marked his first Major League start since Sept. 12, 2002...recalled by the Astros from Triple A New Orleans on Aug. 11...was 9-4 with a 3.61 ERA (50ER/124.2IP) in 22 starts for New Orleans during the season...ranked sixth in the Pacific Coast League with a 3.61 ERA...recorded a decision in seven of his last eight starts for the Zephyrs, including five wins...started the season 4-0...named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the week of Aug. 2-8 after going 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA...held opponents to a .152 batting average over 13.2 innings...tossed seven scoreless innings with no hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts for the Zephyrs on July 18 vs. Colorado Springs.
Underwent surgery to repair a small tear of
the labrum and another in the rotator cuff on his left shoulder on Feb 4...missed the entire season.
Went 7-5 with a 4.38 ERA (54ER/111IP) in his first full season in the Majors...made 23 appearances (21 starts) and struck out 93 while walking 61...was 7-5 with a 4.09 ERA (50ER/110IP) in his 21 starts.
- did not pitch after his appearance on Sept. 12...MRI revealed an impingement in his left shoulder and rotator cuff tendinitis...underwent surgery on Feb. 4, 2003, (Dr. James Andrews) to repair a small tear of the labrum and another in the rotator cuff, in addition to tightening the capsule in the left shoulder.
- was 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA (7ER/23.1IP) in five starts after returning from the disabled list (left shoulder soreness) Aug. 18.
- won 6-1 at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 1, his first victory since Aug. 21...pitched six scoreless innings after allowing a run in the first...lost 2-1 to Los Angeles at home on Sept. 1...allowed two runs in the second inning...fanned a career-high nine.
- tied his career high with eight strikeouts in a combined 4-0 shutout (Stone, Dotel) vs. Chicago on Aug. 21...won for the first time since May 31 vs. the Cubs.
- came off the disabled list on Aug. 18 and pitched two innings, throwing only 34 pitches at Cincinnati due to a two-hour, 56-minute rain delay...did not figure in the 2-1, 10-inning loss...allowed a first-inning homer (Kearns).
- the Aug. 18 outing was his first since losing on July 1 at Cincinnati...worked only 1.1 innings in that start at Cinergy Field...placed on the DL the next day with left shoulder soreness.
- returned to Houston and underwent an MRI on July 3...revealed no structural damage in his left shoulder and only minor inflammation...prescribed anti-inflammatory medication.
- made three rehab starts, allowing four earned runs in a combined 11.2 innings (3.09 ERA) in one outing for Triple A New Orleans and two for Double A Round Rock.
- scratched from his start on June 27 vs. Arizona due to left shoulder stiffness.
- was 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA (7ER/30.2IP) in five starts until suffering his first big league loss on May 10 at Pittsburgh...was 5-2 with a 3.39 ERA (24ER/63.2IP) over his first 12 games (10 starts).
- worked only two innings in an 8-0 loss to Seattle and Jamie Moyer on June 21...five earned runs tied his career high...allowed a grand slam (Sierra) in the second inning.
- had no decision in the 7-6 win vs. Texas in his first Interleague start on June 16 at home...left a 4-4 tie after five innings...allowed a three-run, first-inning homer (Perry).
- facing Randy Johnson in his first appearance vs. the Diamondbacks, had no decision in a 13-inning, 5-4 defeat on June 5...leading 3-1, allowed back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning (Guillen, Finley)...left a 3-3 tie after six.
- won on May 31 at Chicago when he pitched seven shutout innings in his second consecutive start vs. the Cubs...allowed hits in the first and second inning, but did not allow another until a leadoff double in the sixth.
- notched six consecutive quality starts before getting no decision vs. Chicago on May 26 in a dramatic 7-5 come-from-behind win in his first-ever appearance vs. the Cubs....allowed a first-inning home run (Stynes).
- rebounded from his first Major League defeat to beat the Phillies and Vicente Padilla 6-2 on May 15 at home...scattered four hits and two runs with two walks and five strikeouts over seven innings...allowed a fourth-inning home run (Burrell).
- suffered his first big league loss on May 10 at Pittsburgh...touched for a two-run home run in the second inning (Young), just his second allowed in 2002 and his first since a April 12 relief appearance at St. Louis.
- in his first start vs. New York, won 3-1 on May 4 at home, tying his then career high with eight strikeouts.
- in his fifth consecutive outing (including third consecutive start) on the road, won 7-1 on April 28 in his first career appearance vs. the Braves...blanked Atlanta over a career-high tying seven innings with no walks...retired 11 of his final 12 batters.
- had no decision in a 4-3, 12-inning loss at Florida in his first-ever start vs. the Marlins on April 23...struck out a then career-high eight.
- made his first big league relief appearance on April 9 at Colorado.
- began the year as the Astros fifth starter, but was moved into the bullpen with Houston having two off days on the first road trip (April 8-18).
Rookie lefthander did not allow a run in his first two big league starts (13IP).
- received no-decision in the 2-1, 11-inning win at Philadelphia (August 23)...left after six innings with a 1-0 lead...allowed two runs in 17.2 innings of work.
- suffered a partial tear in his rotator cuff while diving back into second base on August 29 against Cincinnati, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.
- made his Major League debut on August 18 vs. Pittsburgh in an emergency start for Shane Reynolds, who was sidelined with a strained lower back...combined with Octavio Dotel on a two-hit, 3-0 shutout over the Pirates...learned of his start approximately an hour-and-a-half before game time.
- the shutout was the Astros' fourth of the season and only the clubb
Became a full-time starter for the first time in his four-year professional career, making 22 starts for Class A Michigan...pitched a no-hitter in May...won a season-high six games for the Battle Cats...also posted career bests in starts, 110.2 innings pitched and 115 strikeouts...tied his career high with 22 games...was 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA (8ER/28.2IP) in six starts during May...posted a 2.89 ERA (14ER/43.2IP) in nine starts at home...did not allow a hit in 7.1 innings, allowing two runs with six strikeouts in a no-decision at Cedar Rapids on May 6...pitched a seven-inning, no-hitter vs. West Michigan in the second game of a doubleheader on May 28, striking out nine.
Led the Appalachian League with a 1.46 ERA (9ER/55.1IP)...averaged 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings...fanned 18 batters in a 1-0 win over Elizabethton in the regular-season finale.
Posted a team-leading nine saves for the Astros in the Dominican League.
Began his professional career in Venezuela.