HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Astros have made several roster moves today, recalling left-handed pitcher Fernando Abad and infielder Brian Bixler from Triple A Oklahoma City. Abad and Bixler are taking the roster spots of infielder Marwin Gonzalez, who’s been placed on the Paternity List, and right-handed pitcher Kyle Weiland, who’s been placed on the 15-day Disabled List with right shoulder bursitis. Weiland’s DL stint is retroactive to April 25. The announcements were made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.
Abad, 26, made the club’s Opening Day roster this season, making two appearances (1ER/1.1IP), before being optioned to Triple A on April 9. He’s made five appearances at Oklahoma City since his option, tossing 7.1 shutout innings, while striking out 12 and walking two. In 53 Major League relief appearances in his career, all with Houston (2010-12), Abad owns a 1-5 record with a 5.18 ERA (23ER/40IP).
Bixler, 29, appeared in five games for the Astros this season, with one start, and went 1x6 in his seven plate appearances. Bixler, who was also on the club’s Opening Day roster, was optioned down to Triple A on April 12. Since his option, Bixler has hit .429 (21x49) with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI in 11 games with Oklahoma City. Bixler has appeared in 162 Major League games in his career over parts of four seasons with Pittsburgh (2008-09), Washington (2011) and Houston (2012).
Gonzalez, 23, is hitting .231 (9x39) in 16 games this season, which includes 12 starts through the club’s first 19 games. Based on Major League Baseball policy, Gonzalez can be on the Paternity List for up to three days. The switch-hitting infielder was acquired by Houston from Boston this offseason in exchange for right-handed pitcher Marco Duarte. He was a Rule 5 Draft selection by Boston in December after playing the first six years of his career in the Chicago Cubs organization. Although he was acquired via trade, his Rule 5 status does apply and he must remain with the Astros Major League club the entire season or be offered back to Chicago.
Weiland, 25, has started three games for Houston this season, posting an 0-3 record and a 6.62 ERA (13ER/17.2IP). He had the best outing of his Major League career in his last start, holding the Dodgers to three runs on six hits in 7.0 innings on April 21 at Minute Maid Park. Weiland has appeared in 10 Major League games in his career, including eight starts, over two seasons with Boston (2011) and Houston (2012). He was acquired by Houston this offseason from Boston along with infielder Jed Lowrie in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon.
Abad and Bixler are in uniform and available to play in tonight’s game.