DIVISIONAL OUTLOOK: AL West—HOU rotation auditions

Houston Astros

Contrary to those observers who suggested that  Mark Appel could make a September debut in HOU, GM Jeff Luhnow has confirmed that the Astros' #1 pick will be shut down for the season. Which is just as well for manager Bo Porter, given what he's currently getting from rotation additions is keeping a six-man rotation intact longer than originally anticipated.

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