Healthy White seeks spot in Astros' rotation

Right-hander working his way back following Tommy John surgery two years ago

Healthy White seeks spot in Astros' rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery that cost him the entire 2013 season, Astros right-hander Alex White is healthy and eager to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

"I'm ready to go," said White, who's in his fifth consecutive Major League camp. "I'm here, just like everybody else, wanting to get started and compete for a job."

White is in the running for the No. 5 starter spot with Dan Straily, Asher Wojciechowski, Samuel Deduno, Jake Buchanan, Brad Peacock and Roberto Hernandez, a non-roster invitee. White went 3-6 with a 6.50 ERA in 25 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City, including 10 starts, in 2014.

White, 26, worked out of the bullpen in his first 15 appearances before ending the year in the rotation, including a solid August in which he went 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA. He didn't throw his split-finger fastball much last year, but is ready to use it again while he competes for a job.

"We've got a lot of good arms, and I'm looking forward to it," White said. "A lot of these guys are my good friends and we enjoy competing against each other, but we all want to win. I think that's the No. 1 goal, putting the best arms forward and start winning around here."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.