Odorizzi on track to join Astros’ rotation soon

HOUSTON — Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who signed a two-year deal with the Astros on March 8, is still on target to join the rotation for next week’s series against the Tigers at Minute Maid Park, general manager James Click said Thursday. Odorizzi was scheduled for his final tune-up Thursday night at the alternate training site in Corpus Christi.

“If he comes through that one OK, he should be stretched out enough and should be ready to go,” Click said. “We’re excited to have him, and we’re excited to see him here.”

Odorizzi would likely start Tuesday in Detroit manager A.J. Hinch’s second game back in Houston. With an off-day on Sunday, the Astros could move Luis Garcia to the bullpen and start Zack Greinke on Monday on five days of rest.

Odorizzi made two starts in Spring Training, but he needed more time to build up his pitch count, so he reported to the alternate training site.

“Usually, when you ask him how it’s going, he says he’s right where he needs to be,” Click said. “He’s a veteran, he knows how to get his body ready for the season, and just knowing he’s right where he needs to be gives us all the confidence in the world.”

Odorizzi, 31, is coming off a season in which he pitched only 13 2/3 innings with the Twins due to three stints on the injured list, but he was an All-Star for…

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