Houston has made a roster move on Monday, sending struggling starting pitcher Asher Wojciechowski to Triple-A Fresno and recalling hot-hitting outfielder L.J. Hoes to take his spot.
Technically, Tags, it doesn't give them an "extra" position player. It gets them back to 13 position players, which is what a lot of teams have. I'd call that a "normal" number of position players.
At any rate, the move is surprising on one hand and unsurprising on another. Asher Wojciechowski
In 16 innings, Wojo has a 7.31 ERA and an 0-1 record. He struck out 16 in that time with seven walks and two homers allowed. His
But, his lack of success coupled with Bret Oberholtzer's health meant his days in the rotation
The surprising move was calling up Hoes. Of course, after Luhnow took to Twitter to call out Little Jerome, we shouldn't have been too surprised.
Also, @MRLJHOES2U has been tearing up the PCL...— Jeff Luhnow (@jluhnow) April 27, 2015
hitting .418 with a 1.076 OPS in 55 at bats.
Hoes also has some positional flexibility if Marisnick's injury acts up again, though he's probably sticking
Does this put to bed any thoughts that Hoes got buried because he was the "leak" last year? The only
But, did they need another outfielder? They could just as easily have recalled Ronnie Torreyes in a super-utility role.
It's an intriguing move, no matter how you look at it. What do you think? Was Hoes' hot start enough to recall him or do the Astros have concerns about how their outfield will hold up in the coming weeks?