The Houston Astros brought LHP Ashur Tolliver into Spring Training camp with the hope of adding another left-handed option the Astros deep bullpen. Tolliver was able to neither out pitch current loogy Tony Sipp or impress enough to break camp with the Astros.
Houston outrighted Tolliver on Tuesday after he cleared waivers to Triple-A Fresno, reports the Houston Chronicle's beat writer Jake Kaplan.
The Astros outrighted lefthanded reliever Ashur Tolliver to Triple-A Fresno, which frees up a 40-man roster spot.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) July 26, 2017
Tolliver, 29, appeared in three games with the Astros. He allowed two earned runs on four hits over five innings — striking out five and walking four.
Tolliver struggled mightily in Triple-A, he was 2-0 with an 8.44 ERA in 25 games. He struck out 22 and walked 29 over 26 2/3 innings. Tolliver has a 9.53 ERA in five games during the month of July.
The Astros claimed Toliver off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in December.
Houston's 40-man roster is now at 39 players.