The Astros are once again looking like the team Jeff Luhnow envisioned on Opening Day. Brett Oberholtzer finally returns after a blister and George Springer comes off the concussion 7-day disabled list.
Last night #Astros optioned OF Robbie Grossman to AAA Fresno. OF George Springer will be reinstated from the DL for tonight's game.— #VoteAstros (@astros) May 13, 2015
Following tonight's game, the #Astros optioned LHP Kevin Chapman and reinstated LHP Brett Oberholtzer, who will start tomorrow night.— #VoteAstros (@astros) May 13, 2015
As part of the move for Springer, the Astros sent down outfielder Robbie Grossman. Grossman at one time was an on again, off again starter for the Astros. Grossman has struggled this season at the plate, batting .143 in 49 at-bats. He has just two hits in his last 17 at-bats.
George Springer went on the concussion disabled list after making a running catch and smacking into the wall against the Rangers. Springer went 1-for-4 with two strike outs in his rehab appearance with the Double-A Corpus Christi.
The one interest aspect of Grossman being sent down, rookie Preston Tucker is still with the team. Tucker is 1-for-10 since being called up and is currently the only backup outfielder. Does this mean the Astros have moved one from Robbie Grossman?
Brett Oberholtzer has been battling a blister since the end of Spring Training. Oberholtzer has pitched his way into the starting rotation before he went down with the finger aliment. Oberholtzer was lit up in his first start with Triple A Fresno, allowing 7 runs in 2 2/3 innings. But in the second start, he held the El Paso Chihuahuas scoreless through five-plus innings. Obe' replaces long man Samuel Deduno.
The Astros recalled Kevin Chapman on May 1, sending outfielder L.J. Hoes down. Chapman appeared in three games, allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings.
The Astros have had a bevy of moves lately, as from the previously mentioned, they designated Ronald Torreyes, recalled and sent down Asher Wojciechowski and reactivated Luke Gregerson.