Astros roster moves: L.J. Hoes called up, Robbie Grossman sent down

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Houston shuffles the chairs on its left field deck. Will it make a difference?

According to Brian McTaggart, the Astros have made a switch in its left field setup. After Robbie Grossman was called up and given the full-time job in left field again, the outfielder failed in almost every measure. He got on base well enough, but slumped again and forced the Astros to make another roster move.

That happened Wednesday, when the Astros recalled L.J. Hoes from Oklahoma City and sent Grossman down for the second time this season.

Grossman, 24, hit .158/.273/.263 this season with two home runs and three stolen bases. In 34 games with OKC earlier this season, he hit .299/.373/.453 with three home runs and four walks.

Hoes, meanwhile, was demoted after hitting .209/.289/.343 in 28 games this season. He hit .323/.402/.409 in OKC with a homer and four steals in 25 games. Hoes mostly played center field in Triple-A, but likely will play left field in Houston.

In a related move, Houston officially activated Asher Wojciechowski from the disabled list and optioned him to Oklahoma City. Wojo has been out for much of the season after suffering an injury during spring training. This is his first season on the 40-man roster, which is why he had to be optioned to Triple-A after being taken off the 15-day disabled list.

What do you think? Is Houston making the right move to try Hoes again in left? Will they platoon him more with Presley now or will they give Hoes a chance to prove he can do the job outright?

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