Peacock excited to be back in action after surgery

Astros righty allows four runs over two-thirds of an inning in Grapefruit League debut

Peacock excited to be back in action after surgery

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The results certainly weren't what he wanted, but Astros right-hander Brad Peacock had reason to be happy Sunday afternoon. The right-hander got his first taste of Grapefruit League action this spring when he threw 30 pitches in a 7-0 loss to the Yankees at Osceola County Stadium.

Peacock gave up four runs (three earned), two walks and two hits in two-thirds of an inning. He's still building up his pitch count after reporting to camp behind his teammates because he had hip surgery in October and was dormant for a few weeks.

"It was definitely exciting," Peacock said. "I felt good out there. I felt really good. Fastball felt really good, the changeup felt good, just the curveball and slider need some work. I threw some extra pitches in the bullpen and kind of found it a little bit. We'll see what happens next time."

After the surgery, Peacock dropped nearly 30 pounds and has been drawing praise for the way he's thrown the ball all spring. He started last season in the Astros' bullpen and wound up making 24 starts, going 4-9 with a 4.72 ERA.

Peacock began the sixth inning Sunday and gave up back-to-back doubles to Stephen Drew and Rob Refsnyder, then he walked Ramon Flores before getting an out.

"I told him, 'Welcome back,'" manager A.J. Hinch said. "It's a heavy inning for him to come back and get 30 pitches in the one inning. There's going to be times he's going to have to fight himself through that. Today is not that day. Given his first time in a real game, we erred on the side of caution.

"He came right at those guys, and I liked the fastball finish. I liked a couple of the breaking balls. It was good to see him out on a Major League field."

If he keeps progressing, Peacock won't be built up enough to start a game until mid-April, but it's still uncertain if he'll open the season on the disabled list and pitch at a Minor League affiliate or stay back in Kissimmee for extended spring training.

"I'm feeling good now, and I want to take it day by day and not rush it and hurt myself again," Peacock said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com 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.