In case No. 6540305, that Major League Baseball makes roster moves really confusing. The Astros have optioned right-handed pitcher Dan Straily to Triple A Fresno.
ROSTER MOVE: Effective today, the #Astros have optioned RHP Dan Straily to AAA Fresno. Straily was designated for assignment yesterday.— Houston Astros (@astros) August 6, 2015
This move comes a day after designating Straily for assignment to the surprise of most Astros fans, Straily had been success in Fresno during the month of July (2-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 21 innings), his one start in Arlington wasn't terrible (four runs over 4 2/3 innings), and the Astros had given up a valuable piece (Dexter Fowler) to acquire him this offseason.
It appears that Straily may have been required to go through waivers because of his service time in the majors -- at least revocable waivers. As noted by Jesus Ortiz on Wednesday -- "barring a claim by another team, Straily will be optioned to Class AAA Fresno on Thursday."
A.J. Hinch said on Thursday:
"The DFA part of it is a procedural move that has to do with option waivers," Hinch said. "It's really procedural. ... It looks weird because of the designated for assignment, which often times means you're on your way out of the organization. But that's not the case here."
Again, roster moves in the MLB are confusing. Either Way, the Astros still have Dan Straily.