NEW BRITAIN - After just two starts with the New Britain Bees, starting pitcher Casey Coleman is heading back to affiliated ball.
Team officials announced the right-hander’s contract had been purchased by the Houston Astros organization Monday afternoon. He will report to Triple-A Fresno.
“Casey came here and pitched very well in his two starts for us,” Bees manager Stan Cliburn said in a statement. “We wish him the absolute best with the Astros organization.”
With the Bees, Coleman went 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings pitched.
With the signing, Coleman becomes the seventh Bees player to have his contract purchased by a major league team in franchise’s short history and the first this season, joining former Bees pitchers Shawn Haviland (Boston Red Sox - AAA), Josh Zeid (St. Louis Cardinals - AAA), Nick Greenwood (Minnesota Twins -AAA) and Josh Outman (Washington Nationals - AAA), who were all signed out last season.
For fill the roster spot, New Britain re-signed pitcher Mike Lee. The right-hander made eight starts for the Bees last season after being acquired from the Lancaster Barnstormers, going 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA.
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