TODAY: Houston has optioned Straily, the club announced, indicating that he was only designated off of the active roster for purposes of passing him through optional assignment waivers.
YESTERDAY: The Astros have designated righty Dan Straily for assignment, Julia Morales of ROOT Sports tweets. He will be replaced on the roster by Asher Wojciechowski, who will receive his second shot at the major league level.
Straily, 26, came to Houston along with Luis Valbuena in the deal that sent Dexter Fowler to the Cubs. He made his way to Chicago as part of the 2014 deadline trade in which Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel headed to the Athletics.
It was in Oakland that Straily showed the most promise, contributing 191 2/3 innings of 3.94 ERA pitching in his first two big league seasons with 7.3 K/9 against 3.4 BB/9. But advanced metrics really never bought into Straily, and he’s struggled at the big league level ever since.
With Houston, Straily has made three starts, lasting 15 1/3 innings and allowing ten earned runs with 14 strikeouts and eight walks. He’s spent most of the year at Triple-A, tossing 98 2/3 frames of 3.65 ERA ball with an appealing strikeout to walk ratio (8.4 K/9 versus 1.6 BB/9).