Astros: 3 players that could be optioned for Zack Greinke’s return

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Houston Astros, Cristian Javier
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After a rough outing in terms of pitch efficiency, Cristian Javier could be an option to head to Triple-A.

Cristian Javier

More recently, Cristian Javier has displayed a walk problem. Entering Monday, the right-hander had a 4.9 walk per nine innings, and exited the contest with one more walk to his name over 2.2 innings of work.

Javier will likely not pitch again in the Rangers’ series, after tossing 54 pitches on Monday, so a quick trip to the taxi squad could be in his near future. Earlier in the season, the right-hander was optioned to the alternate training site to work on his pitching, but this late into the season, it would be tough to change his level of competition and still bank on an effective postseason stint.