Earlier this afternoon, the Astros announced that they will bring left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc back up to the big club, while sending outfielder Marc Krauss back to AAA Oklahoma City to make space.
LeBlanc, a second round pick back in 2006 by the San Diego Padres, has only thrown 3.2 innings for Houston this year, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and three walks.
The Astros claimed the lefty off waivers from the Miami Marlins on June 8 of the year after a terrible start in Florida. LeBlanc appeared in 13 games for the Marlins - seven were starts - and had a 5.18 ERA while allowing 63 hits in 48.2 innings before being let go.
It appeared LeBlanc's time would be even shorter with Houston as he was designated for assignment on June 24. He cleared waivers, though, and accepted an assignment to OKC, where he has pitched decently. In 14 games (seven starts) LeBlanc had a 4.33 ERA in 43.2 innings. The 29-year old did have a 3.43 FIP in the smallish sample size at AAA.
As for Krauss, there just wasn't any space for him with the Astros due to the emergence of Robbie Grossman and L.J. Hoes as the everyday corner outfielders. Krauss slashed .169/.207/.325 in his 82 plate appearances with Houston. He will be going back to OKC, working with numbers of .277/.393/.488 from earlier in the year, and try to help a team going for the Pacific League title.