Astros: Marwin Gonzalez makes jump to Triple-A Sugar Land

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Marwin Gonzalez is headed to Triple-A Sugar Land, as the former Houston Astros’ return could be right around the corner.

After a 1-for-4 contest consisting of two punch outs with the FCL Astros, Marwin Gonzalez’s time in West Palm Beach came to an end. The switch-hitter was re-assigned to the Sugar Land Skeeters on Thursday.

The Houston Astros signed the 2017 World Series champion to a minor-league deal on Aug. 27, making him eligible for the postseason. While not on the 40-man roster, there are currently two spots open with Zack Greinke and Taylor Jones on the injured list due to health and safety protocol.

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Gonzalez was signed for his versatile glove and his clubhouse likeness, that has been raved by current players. Carlos Correa has also mentioned that the Astros can help Gonzalez find his swing again and hone in on timing.

The switch-hitter is now set to continue his minor-league stint with the Skeeters, who play in Sugar Land from Thursday to Tuesday. Gonzalez’s possible return to the active roster is uncertain, while a corresponding move will have to be made even when Greinke and Jones return.

A seat on the taxi squad could also be a first step, but the Astros return to Houston on Monday for a six-game homestand. Either Gonzalez is only in Sugar Land for a few days then travels to be with the team in San Diego sometime this weekend, or the infielder sees consistent time in Sugar Land.

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