Details are scant regarding how long he will be out, but the injury came just as he was heating up. He recorded a .406 average in his last seven contests and belted nine doubles while driving in 17 runs through 20 games. Still, with Luis Valbuena shoring up the third-base spot in April and a seasoned Matt Dominguez at Triple-A Fresno, Moran was already an unlikely candidate to reach the Major Leagues this season.
The former first-round Draft pick out of North Carolina has already been placed on the disabled list. Infielder Chan Moon moved up from Class A Advanced Lancaster to take his roster spot in Corpus Christi.
• The Astros found a creative way to capitalize on their 15-7 April record, the best start for the franchise since 1986. For nine home dates in May, including a pair of games against the defending World Series champion Giants, select 100 and 200-level seats are available for a special discount price $19.86.
Chris Abshire is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.