The Astros have selected the contract of lefty Framber Valdez, as MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart was among those to report on Twitter. He’ll take the roster spot of fellow young southpaw Cionel Perez, who was optioned back to Triple-A.
Valdez, 24, gets the call not long after reaching the highest level of the minors for the first time. In his 103 innings on the season, most of them at Double-A, he’s carrying a 4.11 ERA with a healthy combination of 11.3 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9. Valdez has also induced grounders on more than half of the balls put in play against him.
The move will put Valdez on the roster in time for the evening’s contest, in which the ’Stros are expected to utilize multiple relievers. He’ll come out of the pen but will offer some extra innings. As Jake Kaplan of The Athletic notes on Twitter, Valdez would have required protection from the Rule 5 draft over the winter regardless.