After a tense night and morning waiting on corresponding moves, the Houston Astros finally confirmed that Jake Elmore and Brett Wallace will be the two replacements for Marwin Gonzalez and Wade LeBlanc on Houston's 25-man roster.
Brian T. Smith was the first with the news that Elmore would be one of the two call-ups, breaking that tidbit last night, but it was Elmore himself who broke the Wallace news in a tweet about a cab:
I think the cab driver forgot to throw on some deodorant in his morning routine. Holding our breath. @brettwallace29— Jake Elmore (@JElmo10) June 25, 2013
Elmore was 4 for 11 in three starts at second base in May while filling in for Jose Altuve, who missed time while on the bereavement list. Wallace is returning to the big leagues yet again after breaking camp with the Astros and getting demoted to OKC in April. Wallace hit .042/.115/.042 in seven games before being sent down to work on his swing.
At OKC, Elmore, 26, hit .300 in 69 games with 13 doubles, four triples, five homers and 30 RBIs with 16 stolen bases and a .383 on-base percentage. He was 4 for 5 on Saturday vs. Omaha and hit .395 in his last 10 games. Elmore has appeared at second base, shortstop, third base and in left field for the RedHawks this season.
Wallace, 26, hit .326 in 59 games at OKC with 16 doubles, 11 homers and 37 RBI with a .554 slugging percentage and a .952 OPS.
It's unclear where the two will play, but considering Matt Dominguez is hitting just .240/.267/.408 this season with sub-par defense through the season's first half, Wallace could split time with him at third, as the Astros originally planned to do back in April.
As for Elmore, it would appear that he will fill Marwin's role of the backup middle infielder, getting starts at short and second base now and then. It also appears that Ronny Cedeno will be your official starting shortstop for the foreseeable future.
What do yo think? Are you happy to see Wallace return to Houston? Do you think he can finally hit or will this end as badly as his last few appearances in the majors?