Schafer, Valdez, Downs join roster

Schafer, Valdez, Downs join roster

Schafer, Valdez, Downs join roster
HOUSTON -- It's Sept. 1, and that means rosters may be expanded. The Astros have begun to take advantage, bringing up three players from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Outfielder Jordan Schafer, right-handed reliever Jose Valdez and utility player Matt Downs were all called up for Saturday's game at Minute Maid Park.

Schafer, who had been on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, said before Saturday's game that he is healthy and ready to go. Valdez will add depth to the bullpen, and Downs adds versatility.

"He's been throwing the ball real well," interim manager Tony DeFrancesco said of Valdez. "[At Oklahoma City] he's got 21 saves. So that's another right-handed arm out of the bullpen.

"Downs can help us out. [He's] a utility guy, can play some short and second. The success he had last year, we're trying to get that back for the month of September. So it's a good addition. We're excited to have all three."

Additional callups will be determined by what Oklahoma City does in the next few days. The team is 1 1/2 games out of first place with three to go.

"In the next day or two, we'll find out where we stand with bringing some more players up to help," DeFrancesco said.