The Houston Astros have filled the news waves with roster moves since Sunday. The team has brought back Evan Gattis, sent Erik Kratz packing, called up prospect Tony Kemp, and dropped a bombshell by calling Collin Moran. The one problem is the Astros didn't have the roster space to called up two prospects, a corresponding move had to be made.
The Astros announced the corresponding move on Tuesday, the team placed Carlos Gomez on the disabled list and designated Asher Wojciechowski for assignment. Gomez's reason for a trip to the DL is noted as a bruised left rib cage -- Gomez dealt with rib cage issues at the end of the 2015 season and the playoffs.
Astros designated right-handed pitcher Asher Wojciechowski for assignment.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 17, 2016
Carlos Gomez on the 15-day DL with a bruised left rib cage— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 17, 2016
Gomez, 30, has struggled mightily in the field, running the bases, and at the plate. Gomez is currently batting .182 (22x121) with six runs scored, zero home runs, five stolen bases, and .239 OBP. Gomez's 2016 WRC+ is 29.
Gomez's struggles were magnified as he allowed two fly balls drop in that directly led to Red Sox runs to score. The Astros lost Sunday's game 10-9 and at the time of Gomez's second the Astros led 9-8.
The Astros traded for Gomez and Mike Fiers at the 2015 trade deadline for RHP Adrian Houser, outfielder Brett Phillips, outfielder Domingo Santana, and LHP Josh Hader.
Wojciechowski, 27, has struggled this season in Triple A. He currently has a 2-2 record with a 5.33 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Wojciechowski was strong in his last two starts, allowing just four earned runs over 13 1/3 innings.
The Astros acquired Wojciechowski from the Blue Jays in 2012 as part of the Brandon Lyon trade. He made appeared in five games with the Astros in 2015, starting in three games. He was 0-1 with a 7.16 ERA with 16 strikeouts and seven walks.