Astros option Shuck to Triple-A

HOUSTON, TX — Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced tonight that the club has optioned outfielder J.B. Shuck to Triple A Oklahoma City.

Shuck, 24, hit .255 (14x55) in 23 games this spring, including a single in his only plate appearance tonight. The left-handed hitting outfielder appeared in 37 games for the Astros last season, hitting .272 (22x81) with a .359 on-base percentage. He spent the majority of his 2011 campaign at Oklahoma City, where he was named a Pacific Coast League All-Star after hitting .297 (105x354) in 108 games.

The move trims the club’s active roster down to 27 healthy players: 14 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders and five outfielders.