PHOENIX (AP) -The Houston Astros called up left-hander Mark McLemore from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to fortify their bullpen.
McLemore, the club's fourth-round pick in 2002, joined the team a few hours before Thursday night's game at Arizona.
``I'm really excited,'' the 26-year-old McLemore said. ``Everybody waits for that first call.''
McLemore was 0-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 14 games, including four starts, at Round Rock. Astros manager Phil Garner said McLemore would pitch out of the bullpen.
The Astros optioned right-hander Matt Albers to Round Rock. Albers was 1-4 with a 6.35 ERA in seven starts for Houston.

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