Astros activate Carlos Lee, demote Brett Wallace

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From beat writer Brian McTaggart of MLB.com comes word that the Astros have activated veteran slugger Carlos Lee from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Brett Wallace back to Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding 25-man roster move.

Lee missed exactly 15 days with a strained left hamstring. He returns to a decent .297/.348/.411 slash line, four homers, eight doubles and 23 RBI.

Wallace batted .333/.415/.583 in 11 games (42 plate appearances) with Houston while displaying an improved approach and physique. The 25-year-old former first-round pick of the Cardinals should get another crack at major league action later this summer.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.