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Astros: Have Plans Changed With A.J. Reed?

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Mar 11, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA;Houston Astros first baseman A.J. Reed (80) hits a double to right center in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA;Houston Astros first baseman A.J. Reed (80) hits a double to right center in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Houston Astros have once again an opening at first base that needs to be filled.

Mar 11, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros first baseman A.J. Reed (80) runs to third base in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros first baseman A.J. Reed (80) runs to third base in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

When the Houston Astros sent down Tyler White, I thought for sure that it wouldn’t be too much longer before the Astros brought up their future first baseman A.J. Reed. The Astros were facing three left-handed pitchers versus the Reds, so it would not have been beneficial to call up Reed in that series. But they will face a string of righties now, why not bring up Reed?

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The Astros are currently without a true first baseman, they are now using Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Valbuena at first base, it only makes sense that they call up Reed to take over first base. With his struggles versus lefties, maybe he could platoon with Gonzalez at the very least. However, the Astros plans have seemed to change as the media spoke to Jeff Luhnow Monday night.

Luhnow cited a few reasons why Reed may not be promoted right now as we previously thought via Angel Verdejo article Astros’ Jeff Luhnow thinks A.J. Reed is ready if needed. Speaking of whether Reed is ready or not, Reed hit his tenth homer to account for all the offense that the Grizzlies needed to win the 2-1 game.

Let’s take a look at the reasons Jeff Luhnow gave for Reed not being called up right now.

Next: Reason One

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