Astros make a roster move with Marisnick going on the DL.
Following Jake Marisnick running into the center field wall Sunday, many wondered if the Astros would put him on the DL? We discussed this on Talking Stros Sunday on Sports Talk 790. On the show, we discussed the three options but felt like Teoscar Hernandez would be the choice. Preston Tucker or Tony Kemp were the other options.
Two days later, Jake Kaplan tweeted that the Astros were considering bringing Hernandez up and place Marisnick on the 7-day DL. Then around 4:00 pm today, the move was made. With George Springer still unable to start today, the bench was already short with only 12 hitters. Two of those hitters will be unable to play.
Springer was hurt in Saturday’s loss to the Rays as he felt his hamstring cramp. After playing 162 games last year, he could miss his second in a row tonight. The Astros still got the win on Sunday without Springer, so hopefully, they can get a win again this evening.
Marisnick has always been known as a defensive player with some hitting ability, is off to a great start. He is batting .286 with two homers and a .971 OPS. This year, he has had some great moments in Houston’s 13-6 start to the season. Granted, it’s only been 21 at-bats in those 19-games.
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A look at Hernandez!
Replacing Hernandez will be Hernandez, who had 112 plate appearances in 2016. During that stint, he hit .230 with four homers and 11 RBIs. Between Double-A and Triple-A last year, Hernandez hit .307 with ten homers and 34 stolen bases. After an off 2015 season, Hernandez rose all the way up to the majors last year. He showed enough to stick, but the Astros brought in some veteran talent this offseason.
Back at Fresno, Hernandez has gotten off to a great start. His slash line is .250/ .358/ .571/ .930 with four homers and 15 RBIs. In 16 games, he has three stolen bases. Springer is available off the bench and Hernandez may come in later in the game for defense.
Playing a team that was in the 2016 World Series in the Cleveland Indians, you can’t play short-handed. While the pitching matchups seem to favor the Astros, the Indians have played better recently. Congrats to Teoscar and get well Jake. Expect Hernandez to serve the same role that Marisnick did. Go Stros and talk Stros!
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***