Everyone's favorite reliever has returned to the Astros. Hector Ambriz is set to rejoin the team after the break, which could the entire Astros fan base to cry out in terror. Per Brian McTaggart:
Astros will recall RHP Hector Ambriz from Triple-A OLC. Ambriz will replace LHP Brett Olberholtzer, who was optioned prior to All-Star Break— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) July 18, 2013
And the terror:
and the home run derby pitcher is back!— Kennon Riley (@texasfury93) July 18, 2013
BOOOOOOO!— Scott Barnett (@ScottBarnett15) July 18, 2013
Luhnow is determined to get #1 2014 draft pick!— milton grammer (@blacksmith400) July 18, 2013
-____- Ambriz is the worst pitcher we have— Brandon (@TheHomieBrandon) July 18, 2013
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— Nance (@Bbfanlady) July 18, 2013
wtf ?!?!?!?! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO— S3RG10 (@sergioodoardi) July 18, 2013
Prior to his demotion Ambriz posted a 5.40 ERA, but that also came with a 5.07 FIP and 4.29 xFIP. The FIP and xFIP being below the ERA and his BABIP being at .357 indicates that he could be in for some favorable regression.
After his demotion to Oklahoma City, Ambriz pitched very well for the RedHawks allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits in five innings pitched. He didn't allow any walks and struck out five of the 18 batters he faced in Class-AAA.
The Astros also released 30 year old Jose Valdez, according to the transaction page on MiLB.com. Valdez had a 5.72 ERA in 39 plus innings this season for Oklahoma City. He was signed as a free agent by the Astros in 2009 and appeared out of the bullpen for the Astros during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.