Houston's suddenly beleaguered relief corps got a boost this morning. The Astros officially reinstated Anthony Bass from the 15-day disabled list and optioned left-hander Kevin Chapman back to Oklahoma City. Chapman had been called up after Monday's game to compensate for right-handed long reliever Jerome Williams getting designated for assignment.
Chapman, then, literally got just a cup of coffee in the majors before getting sent back down to OKC. Chapman threw 2 innings in last night's blowout loss to the Mariners, giving up three hits and two runs while walking two and striking out two. It marked his second stint with the team, after making the team out of spring training and appearing in six games in April.
Bass, meanwhile, has been sidelined since May 10th with a right intercostal strain. He was in Houston Monday evening, but wasn't reinstated from the DL until this morning. He will likely fill in Bass' role as the designated long reliever on the team for now, until and unless more roster moves are made for the suddenly beleaguered bullpen.
In 18 innings with the Astros this season, Bass has a 4.50 ERA and didn't allow a run in nine of his 15 appearances before heading to the DL. He also struck out four and walked five in those 18 innings while giving up three home runs.