Well, we know now why Domingo Santana was called up from Oklahoma City last night. Houston needs another outfielder. Dexter Fowler has been placed on the disabled list, opening up one of three roster spots. The other two, Jonathan Villar optioned to Oklahoma City and Jerome Williams designated for assignment, we knew last night.
We just didn't know why the Astros were calling up Santana now and who's 25-man roster spot he was taking.
The Astros have also placed OF Dexter Fowler on the DL, designated RHP Jerome Williams for assignment and optioned SS Jonathan Villar to OKC— Houston Astros (@astros) July 1, 2014
Since Fowler was one of Houston's few productive hitters, this hurts the Astros lineup in the short term. What will be interesting, though, is how Bo Porter deploys his new players.
Taking Villar, Williams and Fowler's places are left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman, Santana and utility infielder Kike Hernandez. Chapman should slot into the bullpen to take Williams' spot while Hernandez will likely function as the super-sub on the infield, with Marwin Gonzalez getting most of the time there.
But, with Santana, the Astros have some options. Santana has played mostly right field with Oklahoma City, so could Houston move George Springer to center field for the next two weeks and put Santana in right for the next two weeks?
Also, we get word from Evan Drellich that Anthony Bass is a couple days away. When he's healthy, expect some more bullpen reshuffling.
What do you think? Are you worried about Fowler's Dl stint, trying to recover from a strained intercostal muscle that's held him out since June 27? Or does your excitement for Santana override that concern?