Astros: 3 players that could be optioned for Marwin Gonzalez

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With Marwin Gonzalez returning to the Houston Astros on Sunday, it is uncertain who will be optioned as a corresponding move. The 40-man roster is currently not full, as Zack Greinke and Taylor Jones don’t count against it due to health and safety protocol.

Jose Siri took one 40-man spot from these two, while Gonzalez can be anticipated to take the other. The switch-hitter was spotted heading to San Diego on Sunday by a fan at a Houston airport, before being placed on the taxi squad on Saturday.

Gonzalez played in two contests with the Triple-A Sugar Land Skeeters this week, where he slashed 2-for-7 with a double, an RBI and a walk. He showed his versatility in the field, while playing in left field.

Marwin Gonzalez returns to the Astros on Sunday, but who gets optioned as a corresponding move?

Jose Siri

Jose Siri was recently promoted to the active roster, after the Astros selected his contract from Triple-A on Sept. 3. But with the roster already jammed pack, he could fall to the taxi squad to close out the three-game series in San Diego.

The right-hander pinch ran and scored a run on Friday night, and in his first career at-bat, he struck out on four pitches. With more opportunities, you can expect consistent production, but Siri has the speed and defense to possibly be a last player on a postseason roster like Derek Fisher or Myles Straw in years past.

Josh James

After being promoted before the road trip, Josh James only jumped in one game between Seattle and San Diego. The right-hander pitched in one inning on Saturday, allowing two runs on three hits.

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After his outing, James will probably not be available on Sunday, so why burn the roster spot? Yes, they are expanded to 28, but James could be an easy option to the taxi squad, since he is unlikely to contribute in the final game of the series.

Cristian Javier

This move would be a dark horse move, but after a rough outing from Cristian Javier on Saturday, there is no chance he is available on Sunday. The right-hander has struggled since being moved to the bullpen with 25 walks over 39.1 innings.

After four earned runs on two walks and two hits on Saturday, Javier’s postseason roster chances are fluctuating without a doubt. It would behoove the Astros to grant the right-hander a start in September, but an option to the taxi squad right now hurts no one.

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Looking to win the series, the Astros are back in action on Sunday at 3:10 p.m. with Luis Garcia countering right-hander Chris Paddack. Brandon Bielak hasn’t pitched since Aug. 31, so it wouldn’t be beneficial to option him now.