Astros Designate Matt Downs For Assignment

The Astros designated infielder Matt Downs for assignment, Brian McTaggart of reports. The Astros originally acquired Downs when they claimed him off of waivers from the Giants in 2010.

Downs played in 91 games for the Astros this past season, appearing at all four infield positions and at both corner outfield positions. He posted a .202/.253/.371 batting line in 191 plate appearances, down from the .276/.347/.518 line he posted in his first full season with the Astros. The 28-year-old bats from the right side and has shown slightly more power against left-handed pitching in his four-year MLB career.

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