A flurry of roster moves have been made in preparation for the Astros series finale against the Marlins today. With Collin McHugh activated from the disabled list, someone else had to go.
According to CSN Houston.com Josh Zeid is headed to the disabled list with an apparent case of bilateral sesamoiditis. I believe that is a fancy medical term for the inability to get hitters out. In addition, Brad Peacock has been optioned to AAA . Brett Oberholtzer will take Peacock’s spot in the starting rotation. Oberholtzer will be on the mound Monday when the Astros host the Oakland Athletics.
Peacock’s demotion creates another open roster spot. That spot will be filled by right-handed reliever Paul Clemens. An Astros fan traveling from Nashville to Houston last night was the first to give us a tip on Clemens’ promotion.
Paul Clemens was just on my plane! Kind of embarrassed I recognized him. Guess he’ll be in the game tomorrow for the Astros… #firsttoknow
— Mollie Musgrove (@Mollie_Musgrove) July 27, 2014
Zeid and Peacock (and their lofty ERAs) won’t be missed. But Clemens isn’t much of an upgrade — if any. The return of McHugh will be something to keep an eye on. This could turn out to be his final appearance in an Astros uniform. With the trade deadline on the horizon, McHugh’s start could be an audition for contending teams looking to add a starting pitcher for the stretch run.