HOUSTON -- Given their status as an organization in the throes of rebuilding, the Astros will approach the annual Sept. 1 roster expansion with careful consideration to the developing players on their current roster as well as those potentially in line for a promotion.
The Astros introduced three potential cornerstones earlier this season in outfielder George Springer, first baseman Jon Singleton and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz. When the Astros host the Angels on Tuesday, they are sure to have newcomers, but with so much riding on those who have toiled in the majors this season, at-bats and innings will be at a premium.
"Whenever you start talking September call-ups, there are guys that obviously have probably been here throughout the course of the year and there are other guys that as an organization we're going to have to make decisions on this offseason, that you would bring here with the thought of being able to evaluate them," Astros manager Bo Porter said.
Based on previous promotions, the Astros are bereft of numerous prospects on the cusp of serious evaluation that haven't already been up at some point previously. When reinforcements are called, there will be eyeballs on those who arrive and those already on the roster.
"I think you, again, you know sometimes situations just dictate you got to take the information that's in front of you," Porter said. "And if September happens to ebb the tie, you have to use your evaluation, you try to put that person in the best position to be successful. Give you the looks which you're trying to evaluate and you just go from there."
STREAK: Won two
NEXT: Tuesday -- Angels (LHP C.J. Wilson, 10-8, 4.46 ERA) at Astros (RHP Brad Peacock, 3-8, 5.13 ERA)
--OF Alex Presley will begin a rehab assignment on Monday, although the destination of that assignment is unknown. Presley missed his 47th game Sunday, having landed on the 15-day disabled list on July 8 with a right oblique strain. Presley is batting .252/.291/.359 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 70 games this season.
--LHP Dallas Keuchel posted his seventh quality start in his last eight appearances, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over seven innings. Keuchel induced a pair of double plays to up his total to 30 this season, which leads the majors. Despite posting a 2.48 ERA over his last eight starts, Keuchel is just 1-3 in that span.
--2B Jose Altuve finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI, recording his fourth four-hit game this season and eighth of his career. Altuve has 21 games with at least three hits, the fourth most in club history. His 189 hits this season is tied with Jose Cruz for eighth on the club single-season list. Altuve extended his hitting streak to nine games.
--SS Gregorio Petit went 1-for-4 with a single in the third inning, recording his 15th in 16 starts this season. Petit had a total of 15 hits over his two previous major league stints combined with Oakland in 2008-09 (25 games) and is batting .273/.298/.418 this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Hit the ball. Put it in play. If you are a baseball player and you don't like those situations, you're in the wrong sport." -- 2B Jose Altuve, who finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI Sunday.
--LHP Darin Downs (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 15. Downs began a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Aug. 29 with the expectation that he would make two appearances before being reinstated.
--CF Alex Presley (strained right oblique muscle) went on the 15-day disabled list July 8. He began a rehab assignment with short-season Class A Tri-City on Aug. 12, but he experienced a setback Aug. 16. He will begin a rehab assignment on Sept. 1 although the destination of that assignment is unknown.
--CF George Springer (strained left quadriceps) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 20. He took pregame batting practice July 29 and participated in outfield drills Aug. 1. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Quad Cities on Aug. 4, but he re-injured the leg Aug. 6. He participated in a workout Aug. 9 but still felt discomfort in his left quad. He will be out until at least late August.
--RHP Josh Zeid (left foot sesamoiditis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on Aug. 30. He underwent season-ending surgery on his right foot Aug. 6, and he will undergo the same procedure on his left foot in September.
--RHP Jose Cisnero (right elbow discomfort) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 7, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 21. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 28.
--RHP Jesse Crain (right biceps surgery in October 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 21, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 2. He was shut down as of April 25 due to bursitis. He was throwing off flat ground as of May 6. He threw a bullpen session May 22. The Astros hope he can return before the end of the season.
--RHP Matt Albers (right shoulder stiffness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 25. Albers threw a short bullpen session on May 4. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session May 6. Albers was unable to throw a simulated game as scheduled May 9, and he was shut down as of May 12. He was rehabbing in Florida as of May 29. The Astros hope he can return before the end of the season.
RHP Scott Feldman
LHP Dallas Keuchel
RHP Collin McHugh
LHP Brett Oberholtzer
RHP Brad Peacock
RHP Chad Qualls (closer)
LHP Tony Sipp
RHP Jose Veras
RHP Josh Fields
RHP Jake Buchanan
RHP Mike Foltynewicz
LHP Kevin Chapman
1B Jon Singleton
2B Jose Altuve
SS Marwin Gonzalez
3B Matt Dominguez
DH Chris Carter
INF/OF Jesus Guzman
INF Gregorio Petit
LF Marc Krauss
CF Dexter Fowler
RF Robbie Grossman
OF Jake Marisnick
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