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Astros not calling up prospect Alex Bregman this weekend, per A.J. Hinch

Astros manager A.J. Hinch squashes ESPN's Jim Bowden's report of Alex Bregman being called up.

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Houston Astros prospect Alex Bregman has been doing everything he can to get a major league call-up. He has hit at Double-A, Triple-A, and he went 3-for-3 in the 2016 MLB Futures Game. So it's not a surprise that ESPN pundit Jim Bowden put out a report that the Astros were looking to call up Bregman over the weekend:

Of course, multiple sources ran with the report. But the local media, the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan and Angel Verdejo Jr., wasn't seeing any fire with the smoke. The only report even indicating the Astros were leaning toward calling up Bregman was Bowden's.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch put the report to bed in an interview with MLB Network Radio:

Bregman, 22, batted .297 (70x236) with 54 runs scored, 16 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs, and 46 RBIs in 62 games at Double-A this season. He has batted .389 (14x36) with five home runs and 14 RBIs in eight games in Triple-A.

Bregman is hitting his way to the majors. The question at this point is not how but when? At the very least, it won't be this weekend.