Monday turned into a busy day for the Astros as multiple roster moves were announced.
As the world was busy turning, the Astros were busy making roster moves on a hot Monday afternoon in August.
One set of transactions involved the newly-acquired Tyler Clippard. You should remember him as the pitcher Houston traded for late yesterday night from the Chicago White Sox.
If not, well, I need to see your fan card.
In turn, the Astros sent down left-handed pitcher Reymin Guduan to the Fresno Grizzlies. Again. I’ve lost count how many times to be honest. Again.
Random fact you may enjoy: Colin Moran wore number 19 last season. Robbie Grossman also sported the same number when he was with the Astros. A useless, not-so-fun fact, but still somewhat interesting. But meaningless.
That’s not all for the roster moves. Houston, unfortunately, had to utilize the DL once again. That’s a common sentence nowadays.
This time the injury bug bit catcher Brian McCann. In turn with this move, the Astros have called up catcher Max Stassi.
Yes, right knee soreness is reported to be the culprit. Hopefully for McCann and the team that rest is all that is needed. The doctor, though, will have the final say.
Stassi, in his age-26 season, will join Juan Centeno in the Astros’ current catcher tandem. After all, Evan Gattis is still on the 10-day DL with concussion-related symptoms.
Despite his past issues in the majors, Stassi is having a solid season with the Fresno Grizzlies, the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate.
2017 statistics (AAA): 287 PA, .266/.383/.473, 125 wRC+, 12 HR, 33 RBI, 13.2% BB%, 23.3% K%
So, this should be all of the moves, right? Two plus two clearly equals four. Two players added to the active roster while two more are removed. Easy math.
Due to Max Stassi not being on the Astros’ 40-man roster, the team had to make a corresponding move. Unfortunately, this meant that Jordan Jankowski, who was recently sent down, will be designated for assignment.
Quick fun fact about Jankowski: His wife’s name is also Jordan. That’s pretty remarkable when you give thought to the odds involved. And, no, I do not know the actual odds.
It will be interesting to see if Jankowski stays in Houston’s system or not. A lot of teams are in need of a right-handed pitcher who can eat some innings. The Astros included. If he is indeed claimed by another organization, then CTH wishes Jordan and his family all the best!
**Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs**