Storey earns first big league callup

Storey earns first big league callup

Storey earns first big league callup
ATLANTA -- The Astros called up right-hander Mickey Storey from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. Storey replaces injured closer Francisco Cordero on the roster.

This is Storey's first callup to the Major Leagues. He said he found out Thursday when he arrived in the clubhouse in Tacoma, Wash., where the Redhawks are playing a four-game series.

Storey, 26, has been successful at Triple-A this season, going 7-4 with a 3.05 ERA. He has struck out 72 batters and walked just 14 in 65 innings. Storey said he uses a mix of four pitches to attack hitters.

"Keep the ball in the zone, don't throw very hard," Storey said. "Go after guys the best I can and get a good mix in."

Manager Brad Mills said Storey earned the chance at the Major Leagues with his performance this season.

"He's been one of the best relievers they've had," Mills said. "It's kind of exciting to be able to reward somebody like that, that's throwing the ball well and getting a chance at the big leagues."

Storey flew overnight to Atlanta, arriving around 5:30 a.m. CT. He said his wife and daughter would be at Friday's game, with his mother expected to join them this weekend, perhaps as early as Friday night.

Mills said Storey was available to pitch in the opener with the Braves.