The Astros announced on Twitter that starter Scott Feldman has been activated from the disabled list and outfielder Alex Presley has been designated for assignment to make room on the roster.
Feldman, 32, has been out since late May after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He made 10 starts prior, accruing a 4.80 ERA with a 37/14 K/BB ratio over 60 innings.
Presley, 29, has spent most of the year at Triple-A Fresno. He took only 13 plate appearances at the big league level, registering only three hits (all singles) and a walk.
Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.
The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.