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Astros make handful of roster moves

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Houston Astros' management showed it isn't going to sit around while underperforming veterans take up space any longer, as evidenced by a handful of moves Monday.

Gone are outfielders Rick Ankiel, and his .194 average, and Fernando Martinez, and his .182 average -- both optioned to the minors -- and inserted are J.D. Martinez, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list, and Trevor Crowe and Jimmy Paredes, who were recalled from the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks.

"Looking at the team, where we are right now, what our production has been the first five weeks of the season and where we need to go, we felt like we had to change the mix and bring in some players from Oklahoma City and see what they can do up here," general manager Jeff Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle.

Outfielder Chris Carter will also lose his regular outfield spot but will remain an everyday player. He will likely spend more time at first base and designated hitter, a spot opened up when first baseman Brandon Laird was also optioned to Oklahoma City.

Martinez should receive regular playing time while Grossman, Paredes and Crowe will battle for playing time for the other outfield spots, along with Brandon Barnes, with Carter also in the mix.

The shuffle should at least give manager Bo Porter some options.

"It gives us an opportunity to try and change how we're really playing the game and get more offensive production out of our outfield and still maintaining the defense, and that's what we're really going after with these moves," Luhnow said.
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