As much as the Astros have been struggling swinging the bats the last two weeks, they certainly can't afford to give away runs on defense.
Gregerson was scheduled to throw off a mound Monday at Target Field for the first time since landing on the DL last week. The righthander could throw again before the Astros leave Minnesota on Thursday.
Cuban infielder Yulieksi Gurriel, whom the Astros signed to a 4 1/2 year, $47.5 million contract on July 16, has been promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi, the team announced Monday. He'll be in the lineup for the Hooks at home against Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday in what should be his last Minor League stop before reaching the big leagues.
Lourdes, who has played both in the infield and outfield, isn't expected to sign until after his 23rd birthday on Oct.19. If he signed as a 22-year-old, he would be subject to international signing period guidelines and bonus pool limits.
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The Royals stumbled badly in the month of July, and with less than two months remaining in the season they look hopelessly out of contention.
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