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Oberholtzer ejected after throwing at Alex Rodriguez, demoted; Michael Feliz called up

The Astros send a clear message demoting Brett Oberholtzer.

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday wasn't a good day for Brett Oberholtzer. He gave up six runs over 1 1/3 innings, including two home runs. It was what he did after that second home run that changed his status as an Astro.

Oberholtzer threw a pretty clear message pitch at the next Yankee batter Alex Rodriguez. Home umpire Rob Drake would have none of it, and ejected Oberholtzer from the game.

It appears the Astros and manager A.J. Hinch were on the same page -- announcing that the team had sent Oberholtzer to Triple A Fresno following Saturday's game. Hinch's opening statements in his postgame press conference sent a message that Oberholtzer's demotion wasn't performance based.

"I would like to go on the record and say that is not how we operate around here," said Hinch.

It's disappoint to see Oberholtzer take this step back, before Saturday he had give up just 5 earned runs in his last 20 innings.

The Astros have called up Michael Feliz to replace Oberholtzer. Houston called up Feliz on May 29 this season after Scott Feldman and Samuel Deduno each went on the disabled list. Feliz pitched in one inning, allowing zero runs, one hit, and striking out one.

In June, he has a 1-2 record with a 4.42 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks with Double Corpus Christi.