Right-hander Will Harris got the save in Sunday’s 5-2 win against the Athletics, sealing up a series sweep. Astros manager A.J. Hinch plans to ease off Luke Gregerson in the closer’s role, MLB.com’s Alyson Footer reports, which means Harris and Ken Giles could see some save opportunities going forward.
Gregerson has blown his last two save opportunities, giving him five blown saves on the year with a 4.56 ERA. Giles, who many thought would serve as the club’s closer to begin the season, has one save and a 5.55 ERA. Harris, with a 0.34 ERA after Sunday’s performance, has been the only real bright spot in the Astros’ bullpen thus far.
Despite the bullpen woes, the Astros are 28-30, 6.5 games out in third place in the AL West.
The Padres are set to recall top infield prospect Luis Urías from Triple-A El Paso, according to a report from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. It’ll be the second such stint for the club’s no. 2 prospect, and one they hope to extend through the end of the season. A corresponding roster move will be announced later this weekend.
Urías, 22, struggled in his first promotion to the majors this April. Touted as “one of the Minors’ better pure hitters” with “innate bat-to-ball skills” and “plus on-base skills,” he found it difficult to adjust to big league pitching and slashed a lackluster .083/.241/.125 with just two hits and four walks over 11 games with the Padres.
Upon his return to Triple-A, however, the young middle infielder has delivered nothing short of spectacular results, batting .315/.398/.600 with 19 home runs, seven stolen bases (in nine chances), and a .998 OPS across 339 plate appearances. Given the additional measures he’s taken to improve his mechanics — something, Acee says, the Padres are far more interested in than his results at the plate — it seems he may be ready to handle the competition at the highest level on a long-term basis.
Urías is expected to be recalled in time for the Padres’ game against the Cubs on Saturday, where he’ll likely share the middle infield with fellow top prospect Fernando Tatís. The game is set for 2:20 PM EDT.