Astros outright Downs, Petit to Triple-A Fresno

Astros outright Downs, Petit to Triple-A Fresno

The Astros announced Friday that left-hander Darin Downs has been outrighted to Triple-A Fresno and infielder Gregorio Petit has accepted his assignment to Fresno.

Downs made a career-high 45 appearances for Houston in 2014, and his 5.45 ERA was also a career high. He struck out 27 batters in 34 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .226 batting average.

Petit was designated for assignment on Dec.16 after going 27-for-97 (.278) with two homers and nine RBIs in 37 games for the Astros in 2014. Petit spent most of the season in Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he hit .297 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs.

Both players have also been invited to Spring Training when the Astros open camp in Kissimmee, Fla.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.